Kamala Harris sparked outrage on social media when she implied that Black males wouldn’t be shot by police if they had jobs.
The California senator made the controversial comment during the 2019 President Justice Forum at Benedict College on Saturday.
“Talking about violence: nothing stops a bullet like a job,” she said.
Black and white Twitters were outraged.
“‘Nothin’ stops a bullet like a job.’ Because if black people would just get jobs, they wouldn’t get gunned down by cops,” tweeted one irate user.
But she changed her mind following the backlash on social media. Harris was scheduled to speak at the forum at the HBCU alongside her fellow 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.
She claimed she was offended because only nine Benedict students were invited to see Trump accept the award.
“I won’t be complicit in papering over Trump’s record,” Harris tweeted. “Once I heard Trump got an award at the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum and stopped HBCU students from attending, I decided to do my own criminal justice reform event tomorrow instead.”
In his typical confrontational style, Trump responded:
“Badly failing presidential candidate @KamalaHarris will not go to a very wonderful largely African American event today because yesterday I recieved [sic] a major award, at the same event, for being able to produce & sign into law major Criminal Justice Reform legislation…”