Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday mentioned systemic racism doesn’t exist in the US, pointing to the elections of former President Barack Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris to again up his declare.
Throughout Graham’s look on “Fox Information Sunday,” host Chris Wallace performed a clip of President Joe Biden stating Tuesday that the nation must confront systemic racism “head on” after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.
“Is there systemic racism on this nation in policing and in different establishments?” Wallace requested Graham.
“No, not in my view,” Graham mentioned. “We simply elected a two-term African American president. The vice chairman is of African-American-Indian descent. So our techniques should not racist. America is just not a racist nation. Inside each society, you’ve unhealthy actors.”
Graham, who helped perpetuate President Donald Trump’s “huge lie” that Biden and Harris stole the election, as a substitute bashed Biden for stating that systemic racism is an issue in the US, a rustic constructed by enslaved folks.
“This assault on police and policing ― reform the police, sure. Name all of them racist, no,” Graham mentioned. “America is a piece in progress however [sic] greatest place on the planet. And Joe Biden spends a number of time working the place down. I want you’d cease it.”
The elections of Obama and Harris ― the nation’s first Black president and first Black vice chairman, respectively ― don’t negate the racism entrenched within the nation’s establishments and legal guidelines, which is exemplified in myriad methods, together with the disproportionate price at which police kill Black males; the earnings disparity between Black households and white households; and the excessive variety of folks of colour killed by COVID-19.
In a subsequent interview on Sunday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), the previous chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, pushed again on Graham’s declare.
“My response is, in some unspecified time in the future in our nation’s historical past, we’ve obtained to determine a technique to discuss race the place we are able to discuss it objectively and other people don’t really feel particular person guilt,” Bass mentioned.
“You possibly can have a look at every of our establishments,” she added. “Why is there such huge inequality in terms of schooling, in terms of well being care? Why does that exist? And so we’ve to determine a technique to discuss it. Proper now, to say it doesn’t exist doesn’t assist anybody.”
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