On Monday, The Hill reported that leftwing activist Al Sharpton said in response to Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s recent declaration that America is “not a racist country,” that “the practice of America was built on racism.”
Sharpton made his comments while speaking at the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., who last month was shot by police in Elizabeth City, N.C.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 3, 2021
Sharpton: ‘The Practice Of America Was Built On Racism’
“I watched, the other night, the president make his first address to the joint session of Congress,” Sharpton said.
He continued, “And then I watched the rebuttal by the senator from South Carolina. Seems something awkward to me, where a white president talked about white supremacy and a black senator said… America is not racist.”
Sharpton concluded, “Seemed a little strange to me.”
That’s when the reverend activist talked about what he believed was the foundation of the United States.
“Now, everybody in America is not racist,” Sharpton said. “But are you talking about whether the practice of America’s racist, or the people, cause the practice of America was built on racism.”
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Sharpton also spoke about the specific case of Mr. Brown, where family of the deceased man and the authorities are haggling over whether or not to release the body cam footage of the fatal incident.
Sharpton is but the latest leftist figure to criticize Sen. Scott for insisting that the United States is not a racist country.
Sen. Tim Scott accused Democrats of using race as a political weapon to pass their agenda.
— POLITICO (@politico) April 29, 2021
Sen. Scott’s GOP Rebuttal: ‘America Is Not A Racist Country’
Scott said in his Republican rebuttal to Biden, “When America comes together, we’ve made tremendous progress, but powerful forces want to pull us apart.”
“A hundred years ago, kids in classrooms were taught the color of their skin was their most important characteristic, and if they looked a certain way, they were inferior,” Scott said, pointing to himself.
“You know this stuff is wrong,” Scott said. “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.” Scott insisted.
“It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination,” Scott added.
So many on the left were upset at Scott’s comments on Wednesday that that criticism quickly took a racist turn when the slur “Uncle Tim” began trending on Twitter.
Sen. Tim Scott's response to "Uncle Tim" label: "fighting bigotry with bigotry is hypocrisy"https://t.co/K53TPE4qxa
— Free Telegraph (@freetelegraph) May 3, 2021
Sen. Scott Doubles Down
Sen. Scott addressed the racial slur during an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation on Sunday, saying that “fighting bigotry with bigotry is hypocrisy.”
Scott added that he believes his life experience brings “equilibrium” to the conversation.
“I personally understand the pain of being stopped 18 times driving while Black,” Scott said. “I also have seen the beauty of when officers go door to door with me on Christmas morning delivering presents to kids in the most underserved communities.”
“America is not a racist country,” Scott repeated on Sunday, doubling down on his original comments.
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