Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on Wednesday delivered the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress, telling the country unequivocally that “America is not a racist country.”
Scott’s message stood starkly against that of Biden’s; the president told Congress during his own speech that “systemic racism plagues American life” in many ways and has, since becoming president, infused the concept of “racial equity” into several components of his agenda.
Scott, a black American who has described his road to success through his family going “from cotton to Congress in one lifetime,” admonished the education system for reintroducing discrimination to children. “Today, kids are being taught that the color of their skin defines them again, and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor,” he said.
“When America comes together, we’ve made tremendous progress, but powerful forces want to pull us apart,” Scott