‘There was never any real intervention to break up what had been generations of people experiencing the highest forms of trauma…’
She presented her bigoted policy suggestion in an interview with NPR on March 14.
This was not an accidental, slip-of-the-tongue rant.
Harris previously said in a February interview with “The Breakfast Club” that she supported reparations.
“The term ‘reparations’ means different things to different people,” Harris said according to Newsweek. “We need to study the effects of generations of discrimination and institutional racism and determine what have been … the consequences and what can be done in terms of intervention to correct course.”
Harris herself is not descended from U.S. slaves. Her father is Jamaican and her mother, Indian.
Neither is she a mental-health professional.
Yet, Harris argued, without any evidence, that an entire race has an “undiagnosed and untreated” mental health condition.
“It is centuries of slavery—violence associated with slavery,” Harris said. “There was never any real intervention to break up what had been generations of people experiencing the highest forms of trauma, and trauma undiagnosed and untreated leads to physiological outcomes.”
The cost of reparations would fall on non-African American citizens.
“America has a history of 200 years of slavery. We had Jim Crow. We had legal segregation in America for a very long time,” she said. “We have got to recognize, back to that earlier point, people aren’t starting out on the same base in terms of their ability to succeed and so we have got to recognize that and give people a lift up.”
Harris’ ideas have become mainstream among identity-politics Democrats, as she trails only former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination.
Among the other items on Harris’s agenda would be to further delegitimize America’s “racist” criminal justice system.
“There is systemic racism in the system,” she said in February. “We have a problem with mass incarceration in particular of black and brown men.”