Sen. Kamala Harris slammed the idea of arming teachers as one that doesn’t make sense and because, naturally, it is racist.
The California Democrat managed to find a way to inject a theme of racial bias in a Senate hearing on the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the failures by the FBI and law enforcement to prevent the tragedy by following through on the many warning signs.
“I also have a concern when we talk about this, the impact of having armed teachers as it relates to African-Americans, Hispanic students. And here’s why I say that,” Harris said at the Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.
“There’s an overwhelming body of evidence that shows that harsh disciplinary protocols disproportionately impact children of color. We know that in the studies that talk about what the rates are in terms of suspensions and expulsions from school. The FBI has done an extraordinary job, I think, of recognizing implicit bias among all professions including law enforcement and I would suggest it applies to all professions,” she continued.
“Do you have any concerns about a policy that would result in arming teachers and the concern that we should make sure that if something like that were to occur that there would be training around implicit bias?” Harris asked.
FBI acting deputy director David Bowdich admitted he had never made the connection Harris was putting forth.
“Senator, it’s a good question. I never really put the two together,” he responded. “But I have not seen the document that you are referencing. I think any — whatever we decide, training is necessary on all fronts. The implicit bias training that we in the FBI administered I believe it was two years ago is actually very important for the — for the organization as a whole, both internally, but also from the optics of the external as well.”
The California lawmaker concluded with more grandstanding.
“We all carry implicit bias and it’s important that we — we are aware of it when we make decisions, especially exercise judgment that might result in harm or even death to another person,” she said.
The potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender lauded students around the nation for taking part in a national walkout to protest gun violence Wednesday.
Twitter users called out Harris for her own stunning display of “implicit bias.”
Kamala Harris has an implicit bias. it is on display for all to see, as long as they are honest enough to call it what it is.
— Mark Allen (@tinfoilhatmedia) March 14, 2018
Who in hell voted for this woman, or did she have intelligence at some point ? She sure isn’t showing signs of it now
— Robin Nees (@RobinNees) March 14, 2018
I’m amazed at Kamala Harris’s racism
— Rosa Lokey J.D (@rosalokey) March 14, 2018
They always play the race card when they can…,..
— RSPRRT (@LBIrulz) March 14, 2018
@KamalaHarris Big mouths like kamala Harris who see racism in all things usually are the biggest racists of them all! She has ambition to run for President! Guess she chooses not to be President for white people!
— JJ Pal (@jjpaldad) March 14, 2018
kamara would be shocked at the number of educators, doctors, lawyers, engineers, social workers i know at our CA rifle club
— rishio (@rishio95) March 14, 2018
How in the world can this woman keep her job saying such racist comments, she is a public servant, not God..
— ?? High_Voltage ?? (@OathKeeper45) March 14, 2018
Sounds like Kamals has bias so she figures everyone else does. What an ignoramus. California Dems: its time to clean out your swamp.
— Lady Golfer (@terri904) March 14, 2018
In the mind of a racist EVERYTHING is about race.
— AquaStar (@AquaStar4) March 14, 2018
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