ATLANTA — Senator Kamala Harris of California on Sunday told a Georgia congregation founded by freed slaves that although the United States remains racked by racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination, Americans aren’t as split as ‘‘forces of hate and division’’ suggest.
‘‘I believe it is time we replace the divide-and-conquer,’’ the rising Democratic star said from the pulpit of First Congregational Church. She said national unity comes from citizens’ recognizing their shared priorities while still honoring diversity.
A 52-year-old, first-term senator widely mentioned as a potential national candidate, Harris did not mention President Trump in her remarks. Harris smiled but did not clap, as did many congregants, when friend Eugene Duffy called Attorney General Jeff Sessions a white supremacist.
Harris criticized ‘‘the attorney general,’’ without naming him, for renewing the push for harsher sentences in nonviolent drug crimes and for rolling back policing reforms.