“Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” said South Carolina Republican Tim Scott, the only African American Republican in the U.S. Senate.
By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor
In remarks that appeared to demonstrate a need to confront racial guilt and White grievance at a time when the FBI has declared White supremacy a national security threat, Sen. Scott appeared to have tasked himself as someone Republicans could quote to deny racism in America.
A recent spike in Asian hate crimes has also been documented following months of Donald Trump using rhetoric that blamed China for the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.
“Can anyone name social, political or economic institution in American society where widespread racial disparities or discrimination does NOT exist,” wrote Michael Harriot, a senior writer at The Root.
Sen. Scott was delivering the official response to President Biden’s first State of the Union.
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