Al Sharpton said, “the practice of America was built on racism,” in response to Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) recent declaration that the U.S. is “not a racist country.”
“I watched, the other night, the president make his first address to the joint session of Congress,” Sharpton stated in his speech during the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a black man who was shot by law enforcement in North Carolina on April 21. “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.”
“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,” he added.
Police maintain Brown was shot as he drove away from Pasquotank County Sheriff’s deputies, who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for drug charges at his home.
Sharpton is the latest left-wing democrat to attack Scott, who’s rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s speech to Congress earned him high praise from Republicans.
“When America comes together, we’ve made tremendous progress, but powerful forces want to pull us apart,” Scott said in his remarks. “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,” he continued, pointing to himself.
“You know this stuff is wrong. Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” Scott declared. “It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination.”
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