Val Demings: ‘We Have Been Fighting Systemic Racism in this Country for 400 Years’ and It’s in Police, Housing, Education

‘Systemic racism is always the ghost in the room’

REP. VAL DEMINGS, (D-FL): Well, good morning, Martha. It’s great to be with you.

And I did hear the secretary’s statement. Look, if we’re going to solve some of America’s toughest problems, we’ve got to be painfully honest about what those problems are. And we know that we have been fighting systemic racism in this country for 400 years. We know that it has found its — or reared its ugly head in law enforcement agencies, in housing, in education, in — in too many other places. And so while I heard what the secretary said, we have a lot of work to do. And systemic racism is always the ghost in the room.

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