Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris has come in for criticism after saying that protests against racial injustice, including those by the Black Lives Matter group are 'essential' to keep police officers in check.
Senator Harris D-Calif. made the comments during the NAACP's national convention in which she was interviewed for more than one hour.
'Nothing that we have achieved that has been about progress, in particular around civil rights, has come without a fight, and so I always am going to interpret these protests as an essential component of evolution in our country - as an essential component or mark of a real democracy.
Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris has praised recent Black Lives Matter protests saying they are 'essential' for change in the country
Speaking at the NAACP convention, Harris praised the 'brilliance' and 'impact' of BLM
'The people's voices must be heard, and it is often the people who must speak to get their government to do what it is supposed to do, but may not do naturally unless the people speak loudly - and obviously peacefully.'
Harris went on to praise the 'brilliance' and 'impact' of 'Black Lives Matter.'
'I actually believe that Black Lives Matter has been the most significant agent for change within the criminal justice system,' she said. 'I think, a community and the country speaking out, understanding that nothing that we have achieved that has been about progress in this country has come without a fight. Nothing that we have achieved in our country that has been about progress, and in particular around civil rights has come without a fight.'
A demonstrator holds a smoke bomb as he marches to protest the lack of criminal charges in the police killing of Breonna Taylor, in downtown Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday. More than 1,000 people defied a second night of curfew in t Louisville to protest over the lack of charges
Black Lives Matter protestors march as they protest the lack of criminal charges in the police killing of Breonna Taylor, in downtown Louisville
The comments came thick and fast with many seemingly shocked at the vice presidential candidate's take on recent events.
'Unmoved by the violence in our streets and the brutal attacks on our police officers, Kamala Harris says the 'protests' are essential for our 'evolution' as a country,' wrote Arthur Schwarz as he used the senators own words against her.
It was a view shared by Steve Guest, Rapid Response Director of the GOP.
'After months of left-wing violence, Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris says these protests are an essential part of our 'evolution' as a country,' encouraging others to see fault with Harris' words.
One Twitter user appeared shocked at the vice presidential candidate's take on recent events
Robby Starbuck, a Cuban-American director and producer also attempted to place Harris' quotes into relevant context
Robby Starbuck, a Cuban-American director and producer also attempted to place Harris' quotes into relevant context.
''Nothing we've achieved... has come without a fight and so I'm always going to interpret these protests as an essential component of