Late. Tim Scott defended Sunday, declaring “America is not a racist country” in his reference to President Biden’s speech to Congress – saying that the United States can not replace one form of discrimination with another.
The South Carolina Republican, who appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, said “thank goodness” President and Vice President Kamala Harris agreed with him on a topic “I have long said: America is not a racist country.”
“The question is, is there a lingering effect after a few centuries of racism and discrimination in this nation. The answer is absolute, ”he said during the interview.
“The question we have to discuss and fight over is how we solve these problems in the future. One side says I will take from some to give to others. It is hypocrisy to fight condemnation with condemnation, it just does not work, ”he added.
He said he and other Republicans have proposed expanding the “opportunity”
“One of the reasons we’ve fought for and won the highest level of funding for historically black colleges, Republicans who believe in that fight, is because I understand that if I can level the playing field in education, we will actually see man flourish like we have never seen before, ”he said.
Host John Dickerson questioned Scott about whether the coronavirus pandemic “revealed” the inequalities that exist in black communities.
“When you pass on a COVID package with $ 2 trillion in expenses, and in your package you hide in there: If you are a black farmer, we give you resources, but if you are a white farmer, you are excluded from the same resources. It takes from one to give them the other, ”Scott said, referring to a U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative that has filed a series of lawsuits from white farmers.
“So we want to turn it around and call it a way to create justice in our country. It’s not really working, ”Scott said.
Scott, the only black Republican senator, was attacked by progressives and some Democrats after his response to Biden’s speech last week calling him “Uncle Tim” – a racial slur that Twitter allowed to develop for hours before entering to stop it.
“Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It is behind to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it is wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly close debates in the present, ”he said last Wednesday.
“Original sin is never the end of the story. Not in our souls and not for our nation. The real story is always redemption, ”Scott said.
Asked whether he agreed with Scott’s assessment of race in the United States, Biden said he also does not believe “the American people are racist.”
“But I think after 400 years, African Americans have been left in a position where they are so far behind the eight bullets in terms of education and health in terms of opportunities,” he said.