Kamala Harris says America experiencing ‘epidemic of hate’ after Florida Dollar General shooting
In response to the recent shooting at a Dollar General in Florida, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris said that the US was facing “an epidemic of hate” during an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” She said that these types of shootings were horrific but unfortunately not new. "This is an epidemic. This is an epidemic of hate and violence," Harris said. "It's more than just this incident, but it is about understanding what is happening, why it is happening. We have to stand up and fight it." She then asked that those in power look into what she described as underlying causes like racism, bigotry, and sexism that contribute to these acts of hate. She argued that the only way to truly combat it is to acknowledge the conversations we need to have about inequality and marginalization in this country. "We have to educate ourselves and be willing to have the conversations about why this type of behavior is wrong and why it is unacceptable," she said. "It is the only way we are going to make progress."