Kamala Harris was seen as one of the “victors” of the second night of the 2020 Democratic Party debates.
She created a lot of buzz on the Internet when she confronted her rival Joe Biden on his opposition to busing in the 1970s and 1980s.
Such an incident left Joe Biden with a black eye and has showed a glaring hole in his campaign’s viability.
On the other hand, Harris appears to look like the champions of the “persons of colors” (POCs) after this debate.
However, a careful look at Harris’ s track record as prosecutor, district attorney, and state attorney general shows that she’s no friend of minorities.
Vox points out several unsavory truths about Harris’s contradictory record:
She pushed for programs that helped people find jobs instead of putting them in prison, but also fought to keep people in prison even after they were proved innocent. She refused to pursue the death penalty against a man who killed a police officer, but also defended California’s death penalty system in court. She implemented training programs to address police officers’ racial biases, but also resisted calls to get her office to investigate certain police shootings.
As district attorney, Harris has been big on anti-truancy programs that punished the parents of kids who skipped school which Vox also highlighted:
Still, Harris did embrace some “tough” policies while in the district attorney’s office, such as an anti-truancy program that targeted parents of kids who skipped school and threatened them with prosecution and punishment to push them to get their children to class.
As State Attorney General, Harris largely perpetuated America’s mass incarceration status quo. In the same article, Vox unmasked her questionable track record:
For example, Harris’s office fought to release fewer prisoners, even after the US Supreme Court found that overcrowding in California prisons was so bad that it amounted to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. At one point, her lawyers argued that the state couldn’t release some prisoners because it would deplete its pool for prison labor — but Harris quickly clarified that she was not aware her office was going with that argument until it was reported by media.
The media do all they can to cover up politician’s darkest secrets, but thanks to the Internet, we now have more access to the dirtier details of elected officials than ever before.
Most politicians have skeletons in their closet that they would rather keep under wrap. Once they’re running in office, they’ll do everything they can to downplay, if not scrub these records from the public conscious.
It’s all too convenient for Harris to be running as the “pro-minority” candidate when she has a record of locking up minorities that would earn her the label of “racist” if she were a Republican carrying out those same policies.
Ironically enough, it’s President Trump who has advanced the most significant criminal justice reform at the federal level. The modern-day Democratic Party does not want anyone to know about that.
For that reason, they will continue to race hustle and hide their pet candidates’ dubious pasts.
It simply does not fit the narrative when a Republican president is enacting criminal justice reform, while Democrats have done very little to end the current mass incarceration industrial complex.