One line in Sen. Tim Scott’s response to President Joe Biden’s address was so effective that top Democrats have begun to use it, with some qualifications, themselves.
“Hear me clearly,” the South Carolina Republican said last week. “America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”
Since then, several prominent Democratic leaders have echoed that America isn’t a racist country, starting at the very top.
“I don’t think America is racist,” Biden told NBC’s Today show in an interview that aired Friday morning. “But I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow — and before that, slavery — have had a cost.”
“First of all, no, I don’t think America is a racist country, but we also do have to speak the truth about the history of racism in our