Sen. Tim Kaine: ‘U.S. Didn’t Inherit Slavery, We Created it’

“We need to hold police officers and police departments accountable for violent reckless behaviour,” said Sen. Tim Kaine on Senate floor on Tuesday.

“We need to promote better training and professional accreditation of police departments,” continued Kaine. “Why do we demand that Universities maintain accreditation to receive federal funds, but make no such demands for law enforcement?”

“We need to do much more, to dismantle the structures of racism that our federal, state and local governments carefully erected and maintained over centuries.”

Kaine went on to explain how the first African-Americans that landed in Virginia in 1690, came into a colonies that didn’t have slavery, “there were no laws about slavery at that time.”

“The United States didn’t inherit slavery from anybody, we created it” continued Kaine. “It got created by the Virginia General Assembly and the legislators of the other states. It got created in the court systems in the colonial America. We created and maintained it over centuries.”