US Attorney General Barr says there is racism in US but denies that 'the law enforcement system is systemically racist'
US Attorney General William Barr said Sunday he believes racism exists in the US but does not believe that US law enforcement agencies are agents of systemic racism. In the wake of the police killing of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis, activists have called for a wide range of reforms that have included calls to both defund and demand police agencies. "I think we have to recognize that for most of our history, our institutions were explicitly racist. Since the 1960s, I think we've been in a phase of reforming our institutions and making sure that they're in sync with our laws and aren't fighting a rearguard action to impose inequities," Barr said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
United States Attorney General William Barr on Sunday said believes that racism exists in theUS, but said he does not believe that US law enforcement agencies suffer from systemic racism. "I think there's racism in the United States still but I don't think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist," Barr said during an appearance on CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "I understand the distrust, however, of the African-American community given the history in this country." He added: "I think we have to recognize that for most of our history, our institutions were explicitly racist. Since the 1960s, I think we've been in a phase of reforming our institutions and making sure that they're in sync with our laws and aren't fighting a rearguard action to impose inequities." Barr said that he believed reforms had been successful in the past, pointing toward the US military that he called "the vanguard of bringing the races together and providing equal opportunity." Still, he said reform is a "difficult task." The attorney general said he believed there were "instances of bad cops" but believed most police officers were good people. Barr said he did not support reducing immunity given to police officers to increase the prosecutions of bad actors on police forces, arguing such a move would result in "police pulling back." Activists who have organized against police brutality following the police killing of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis have called for bigger changes that include defunding and disbanding police forces. "You know, policing is the toughest job in the country," Barr said. "And I frankly think that we have generally the vast, overwhelming majority of police are good people. They're civic-minded people who believe in serving the public. They do so bravely. They do so righteously." Barr's boss — President Donald Trump — suggested at a news conference Friday that a positive economic report was his way of helping combat issues of racism in the US. Also on Sunday, Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the president's only African American cabinet member, made similar comments, calling most police "wonderful people" beyond a few "rogue" officers. White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien likewise said last week on CNN's "State of the Union" he didn't believe that "systemic racism" existed among US law enforcement, though he said he believed there were "a few bad apples." Read more: HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Trump's only black cabinet member, said he 'grew up at a time when there was real systemic racism' The top Philadelphia Inquirer editor resigned after facing backlash for publishing 'Buildings Matter, Too' headline Trump's military response to anti-racism and police brutality protests actually helped to 'turn out more people': DC Mayor Bowser Massive, peaceful protests swelled across the country as activists sparked efforts for meaningful police reformsJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
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'We do have two systems of justice in America:' Kamala Harris slams Trump administration's denials of systemic racism
Summary List Placement Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, sharply criticized President Donald Trump's...Summary List Placement Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, sharply criticized President Donald Trump's and Attorney General Willam Barr's denials that systemic racism exists in the US during an interview with CNN on Sunday. "I don't think that most reasonable people who are paying attention to the facts would dispute that there are racial disparities and a system that has engaged in racism in terms of how the laws have been enforced," Harris said on CNN's "State of the Union." Barr, the top law-enforcement officer in the country, has repeatedly pushed back against the notion that the criminal justice system treats people differently based on race. "I don't agree that there is systemic racism in police departments generally in this country," Barr said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in July. Speaking with CNN earlier this week, Barr said he does not believe that there are two systems of justice in the US, adding, "I think we have to be a little careful about throwing the idea of racism around." Trump and administration officials including national security adviser Robert O'Brien, Dr. Ben Carson, and Larry Kudlow, the president's top economic adviser, have flatly denied the existence of systemic racism in the US, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. "I think that Donald Trump and Bill Barr are spending full time in a different reality," Harris said. "The reality of America today is, what we have seen over generations and frankly since our inception, which is we do have two systems of justice in America." Many studies support Harris' point of view that racism is deeply ingrained in US institutions, including law enforcement. A Stanford University study that analyzed close to 100 million traffic stops found that the bar for searching Hispanic and Black drivers was lower than that of white drivers. A study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that, from 2010 to 2018, Black people were 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, despite similar usage rates between the two groups. Harris' comments came as widespread protests against police brutality and racial injustice, ignited by the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, continue into their fourth month. Her criticism also followed Trump's announcement to ban federal agencies from conducting workplace trainings on race as the president believes they are "divisive, anti-American propaganda." "There are huge disparities in our country based on race," Harris told CNN. "And it does us no good if we want to solve those disparities to pretend they don't exist." Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
When asked to back up his claims on counterfeit ballots, the attorney general says he’s basing...When asked to back up his claims on counterfeit ballots, the attorney general says he’s basing his assertion ‘on logic’In a CNN interview, William Barr, the attorney general, echoed Donald Trump’s misinformation about mail-in voting and denied racism in the policing – but on both counts came up short when asked to provide evidence to back up his claims.Barr said he didn’t have evidence to prove that foreign countries could interfere in US elections with counterfeit ballots, as he has previously claimed; rather, he’s basing his assertion “on logic”. On policing, Barr defied logic and denied that police discrimination against Black Americans amounted to racism. Continue reading...
US president defended law enforcement while touring Wisconsin city that became flashpoint after police shooting of...US president defended law enforcement while touring Wisconsin city that became flashpoint after police shooting of Jacob BlakeDonald Trump brought his politics of division to Kenosha, Wisconsin, planting himself firmly on the side of law enforcement rather than civil rights protesters during a contentious visit to the city.The US president insisted that racial injustice in policing is due to “bad apples” rather than being “systemic” and that a silent majority of Kenosha residents are most concerned about “law and order” rather than racism. Continue reading...