by Charlotte Pence Bond
On Monday, Reverend Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy at the funeral for Andrew Brown Jr., a black man who died last week following an encounter with law enforcement. Sharpton used the opportunity to speak out against Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) message in the GOP rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s first address to Congress.
In his response to Biden’s speech, Scott — the only black Republican senator — made the case that America is not a racist country, although he acknowledged that he has experienced racism on a personal level.
Scott said, “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It’s backwards [sic] 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.”