On Thursday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris said that they essentially agreed South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, who said in his GOP rebuttal Wednesday night that America “is not a racist country.”
But the president and vice president also said that racism in America cannot be ignored. But isn’t this pretty much also what Sen. Scott said?
Sen. Tim Scott accused Democrats of using race as a political weapon to pass their agenda.
— POLITICO (@politico) April 29, 2021
Harris: We ‘Do Have To Speak Truth About The History Of Racism In Our Country’
On Thursday, when Biden was asked if he thought the U.S was a racist country by NBC News, he responded, “No, I don’t think the American people are racist, but I think after 400 years, African Americans have been left in a position where they are so behind the eight ball, in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity.”
The president added, “I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow and before that, slavery, have had a cost, and we have to deal with it.”
Vice President Harris was asked the same thing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday.
“No. I don’t think America is a racist country but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today,” Harris said.
VP Kamala Harris responds to Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) statement that “America is not a racist country.”
She says: “I don’t think America is a racist country, but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.” pic.twitter.com/yAOCH366LV
— The Recount (@therecount) April 29, 2021
Sen. Scott: ‘I Know What It Feels Like To Be Pulled Over For No Reason’
She added, “I applaud the President for always having the ability and the courage, frankly, to speak the truth about it.”
Harris also said that she believed terrorism carried out by White supremacists represented “one of the greatest threats to our national security.”
“These are issues that we must confront and it doesn’t — it does not help to heal our country, to unify us as a people, to ignore the realities of that and I think the President has been outstanding and a real national leader on the issue,” Harris said.
“We want to unify the country, but not without speaking truth and requiring accountability as appropriate,” the vice president added.
At no point is his speech did Sen. Scott ever say racism wasn’t a problem in America. In fact he said the following, “I have experienced the pain of discrimination.”
“I know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason,” Scott said, referring to police. “To be followed around a store while I’m shopping.”
Scott then described suffering from racist attacks by the left.
“I get called Uncle Tom and the n-word by progressives, by liberals. Just last week, a national newspaper suggested my family’s poverty was actually privilege!” pic.twitter.com/RqjcNml3zY
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 29, 2021
Scott: ‘I Get Called ‘Uncle Tom’ And The N-Word By Progressives, By Liberals’
“I’ve also experienced a different kind of intolerance,” Scott said in his rebuttal. “I get called “Uncle Tom” and the n-word by progressives, by liberals.”
The difference between the Republican Sen. Scott’s approach to tackling serious racial issues in the U.S. and the left, is that Scott wanted to assure his fellow Americans upfront that the entire country is not racist, but we still have major problems to deal with.
Problems that he has experienced first hand man as a black man.
But the left and many Democrats spending so much time painting the U.S. as racist from top to bottom with no room for redemption, and as a result fewer Americans are willing to listen to them.
Tim Scott loves his country and his countrymen of all backgrounds and wanted them to know that in his speech before he laid out some problems that need addressing. He told everyone he is not the enemy, but their friend. We are all on the same American team.
That’s a different message that what the other side often says. Which approach do you think might be more effective moving forward?
This article was originally published by the Political Insider. Read the original article.
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