U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris kicked off a Biden campaign roundtable focusing on the Black community in Wisconsin by pledging she and Dem presidential nominee Joe Biden will take “meaningful hard-fought action against systems and traditions of oppression.”
The Dem vice presidential nominee touched on the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, quoting her running mate in saying the incident “pierced the soul of our nation.”
She said the incident was all too familiar to so many Black families and said “we need more than thoughts and prayers.”
“We need drastic change and we need reform, not just for Jacob or Breonna or George, but for everyone who feels under assault by their own government and police,” said Harris, D-Calif.
Harris noted that Black men in Wisconsin face among the highest incarceration rates, lowest graduation rates, largest wealth gaps, and most disproportionate health disparities in the country.
“We need to change this,” she said. “We must do better and we will do better.”
The remainder of the “Shop Talk” program featured Black Dem activists and organizers in Wisconsin speaking informally with prominent national figures such as entertainers Jermaine Dupri and Terrence J about engaging with the Black community and building grassroots support and interest in politics.
Watch the video here.