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Kamala Harris and false choices in ethical decision-making

Kamala Harris is the junior United States Senator from California and was previously the Attorney General of California and the District Attorney of San Francisco. Throughout her career as a prosecutor and now legislator, Harris has been well-known for her advocacy of restorative justice initiatives and her progressive engagement with a wide variety of social issues.

In speeches and interviews, Harris frequently rejects simple interpretations of her record and urges people to consider more nuanced views on political and cultural topics rather than seeing various interests or goals as mutually exclusive or conflicting when they actually could be aligned. On this subject, Harris often refers to advice she received from her mother: “Reject false choices.”