During the Monday funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a man from the black community who was killed as a search warrant was being executed in North Carolina, Rev. Al Sharpton used the occasion to rebuke Sen. Tim Scott (R- S.C.)’s refusal of the conception that America was a racist country.
Delivering a rebuttal speech to President Biden’s joint address to Congress on April 28, Scott gave some strong arguments to defend voting laws amidst allegations that the restrictions violate the rights to vote especially for the non-white individuals, the Hill reported.
“Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” Scott said. “I’m an African American who has voted in the South all my life. I take voting rights personally.”
Al Sharpton took a dig at his speech during the funeral when he shared condolences to Brown’s death, alluding that an old white man such as Biden whose motivations were more in line with what black people believe than the sole Black Republican in Congress, whose comment rejects structural injustice of people of color in the country.
“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 says, ‘America is not racist.’ Seemed a little strange to me,” said Sharpton.
“The practice of America is racism,” Sharpton asserted as he gave some historical marks in U.S history, saying that was “how the country was founded.”
He continued, “It was against the law for us to read and write. It was against the law for us to marry. It was against the law for us to name our children after us. We were brought here to serve and never get paid … In 1847, Black people were chattel in Elizabeth City. What do you mean America is not racist? It was started off racism!”
On April 21, America came to know of the death of another black man following an encounter with police, reported the Washinton Examiner. The deputies fatally shot him as they conducted a raid after receiving information from a confidential informant that he was trafficking large amounts of crack, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine. Officials disclosed that Brown was one of the main suppliers of a significant amount of narcotics in Elizabeth City.
Likewise, Leo Terrell, a black contributor to FoxNews said last week that Democrats such as Al Sharpton would inevitably pick on lawmakers like Tim Scott.
“Racism is big business for the Democrats,” Terrell said. “Look at Ben Crump and Al Sharpton, they play the race card they’re gonna make money on it and that’s why they continue to do it. Dems are afraid of guys like Tim Scott, he represents more black males are voting Republicans.”