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Kamala Harris to Joe Biden: ‘I Do Not Believe You Are a Racist,’ But…

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 27, 2019 | 10:38 PM EDT

Sen. Kamala Harris
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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told former Vice President Joe Biden at Thursday’s Democrat presidential debate that she doesn’t think he’s a racist, but he has been hurtful to minorities.

After giving Biden credit for not being racist, she then twice said, “But” – and criticized him for his treatment of minorities:

 

“So on the issue of race, I couldn't agree more that this is an issue that is still not being talked about truthfully and honestly. There is not a black man I know, be he a relative, a friend or a coworker who has not been the subject of profiling or discrimination. My sister and I had to deal with the neighbor who told us her parents couldn't play with us because we were black.

“I will say also that in this campaign we have also heard and I will direct this at Vice President Biden:

“I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground, but I also believe and it's personal and it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.

“It was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bussed to school every day. That little girl was me. So I will tell you that on this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats. We have to take it seriously. We have to act swiftly.”

 

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