Sharpton to Tim Scott: ‘The Practice of America Was Built on Racism’

‘A white president talked about white supremacy and a black senator said that America’s not racist, seem a little strange to me’

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SHARPTON: "The other night the President made his first address to the joint session of congress. And then I watched a rebuttal by the senator from South Carolina. Seemed something awkward to me where a white president talked about white supremacy and a black senator said that America’s 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 is racist or the people? Because the practice of America was built on racism. 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. That’s how the country was built. I rode through Elizabeth City and saw a wall where they had an institution that was founded in 1847 right here in Elizabeth City. In 1847, by law, we were chattel slaves in Elizabeth City. What do you mean America is not racist? America was started off racism. It has been blacks and whites, like the black and white young folk that have been marching for Andrew, that made it go from racism the way it is today.”

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