“The author, Harriet Washington, reports on many such abuses throughout history, including, according to Smith, the use of an experimental vaccine in Haiti which “killed Haitian children and was moved to Los Angeles, and was given to Black and Hispanic children,” killing many there, as well.

Smith summarized in her testimony, that “a vote against bill 23 and 25, or a veto against bill 23 or 25, is an act of violence against the black community. It is white supremacy. It is racist in its most simplest [sic] form.”

Expressing sincere gratitude to the legislators, Smith, a Democrat, said, “I want to thank the Republican legislature for advocating for the black community, I think without even knowing it.”