Liberal critics were predictably silent on social media in response to Vice President Kamala Harris’ suggestion that America is not “racist” Thursday morning, despite ripping Republican Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) for making the same claim only hours before.
What’s the background?
Progressive commentators on Twitter — as if trying to prove racism still exists — launched a racially charged offensive against the Republican lawmaker Wednesday night after he declared “America is not a racist country” while responding to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress
The critics referred to “Uncle Tim” so many times that it started trending on Twitter, prompting the social media company to have to block the trend.
In response, Scott called the attacks against him “upsetting” and “so disappointing” during a Thursday morning appearance on Fox News, adding that leftists “are literally attacking the color of my skin.”
“The left has doubled down,” he said. “You cannot step down out of your lane, according to the liberal elite left.”
“What they want for us is for us to stay in a small corner and not go against the tide that they think is America,” he continued. “Their America and my America are not the same if they think that discriminating is the fastest way to end discrimination.”
Then what happened?
Amazingly, also on Thursday morning, the vice president agreed with Scott’s assessment that America is not a racist country, though the response to Harris’ statement has drawn comparatively little outrage.
“First of all, no, I don’t think America is a racist country,” Harris said during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“But we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today,” she quickly added. “It does not help to heal our country, to unify us as a people, to ignore the realities of that.”
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“We want to unify the country, but not without speaking truth and requiring accountability, as appropriate,” she continued.
As of Thursday afternoon, no hateful, racist trends against the vice president had emerged on social media.
During the interview, Harris said she applauds President Joe Biden for “always having the ability and the courage, frankly, to speak the truth” about racism in the country.
She added, in accord with Biden, that domestic terrorism manifested as white supremacy is “one of the greatest threats to our national security.”