Democratic VP Nominee  Kamala Harris speaks to Solomon Jones from Howard University

Watch Solomon’s exclusive interview with Kamala Harris

Hours before a presidential debate that erased the boundaries of decency, I spoke to Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. I asked her about the concerns of Black Philadelphians—a community that could very well decide the election.

The need for Black votes makes Harris, a woman of Black and South Asian heritage, more than just a capable running mate. She is an ambassador who can speak to African Americans in ways that Biden simply cannot.

That’s why when I asked Harris what she and Biden would do about the most virulent, in-your-face racism I’ve seen in my lifetime, her answer was interesting, because it was an answer that only a Black woman would give.

“It is perhaps more evident, but the racism that we have been experiencing, it remains constant in terms of the effects … When we look at the racial disparities that have been highlighted during the course of the pandemic—be it public health, be it economic, be it education—you see the disparities based on race highlighted. But they existed before …”

“We have to speak the truth about the fact of racism.”

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