Sharpton Addresses Sen. Tim Scott’s Claim ‘America Is Not a Racist Country’

The Rev. Al Sharpton is addressing Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) claim “America is not a racist country.”

“I watched, the other night, the president make his first address to the joint session of Congress 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. Seemed a little strange to me,” Sharpton said while speaking at the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr.

He added, “Now, everybody in America is not racist. But are you talking about whether the practice of America’s racist, or the people, cause the practice of America was built on racism.”

Watch Sharpton’s remarks below:

Brown was killed last month after he was shot by deputies in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden weighed in on Scott’s declaration.

“First of all, no I don’t think America is a racist country,” Harris said during an appearance on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning. “But we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.”

She added, “These are issues that we must confront. It does not help to heal our country, to unify us as a people to ignore the realities of that.”

During a “Today” interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin, Biden said he 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-ball in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity.”

He continued, “I don’t think America’s racist, but I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow and before that, slavery, has had a cost, and we have to deal with it.”

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  1. not mine but a copy/paste here for thought….
    Growing up I lived through true systemic racism. Trust me when I tell you, it is real. The problem is, it is not coming from white people. American black culture was born out of rebellion and resistance towards an unfair system at that time. Yet, it has failed to change with the changes in society. It’s not a culture that can mix with other cultures because it is, by design, rebellious and resistant. Everything from language to appearance is almost the direct opposite of “white culture” for lack of a better term. Asking white people to accept or adapt to the American black culture is not practical or even possible because it is in direct conflict and geared to rebel against white people. This really isn’t hard to understand. In American black culture, white people are the enemy from the start. That has to change before anything else can. Naturally, a culture that is inherently rebellious is not sustainable, even for it’s own people. Once the rest of society distances itself from the culture, the same rebellious qualities will turn inward toward each other because that is all you know. They are right about a systemic problem, but they are looking to make changes in the wrong place.

    1. A black guy (who I had utmost respect for) once told me that in some black families, hate and revenge is kept up and has been passed on from generation to generation.

  2. Democrats… still costing America. At least Joe is unwittingly conceding that much.

    Al “race baiter” Sharpton can’t seem to do even that. In fact he can’t seem to speak coherently.