2021-05-01 20:25:10 UTC
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) does not seem to understand the difference
between racism and systemic racism.
Behar, who made the comments during an appearance on "The View," was
asked by co-host Whoopi Goldberg to weigh in on the Republican
senator's State of the Union rebuttal, during which Scott talked about
race and said that the United States isn't a racist country.
"He does not seem to understand - and a lot of them don't seem to
understand - the difference between a racist country and systemic
racism," Behar told the panel.
"Maybe it's not a racist country, maybe Americans - the majority - are
not racist. But we live in a country with systemic racism," said Behar,
who also called it "appalling" that Scott didn't "acknowledge" the
existence of systemic racism in the United States during his speech.
"At least acknowledge that there is systemic racism," she added.
Joy Behar says Tim Scott doesn't understand what systemic
racism means pic.twitter.com/pWKhOSxjVO
- The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 29, 2021
Sunny Hostin, another co-host of "The View," said that Scott was chosen
to give the rebuttal speech because of his race.
"Why was he chosen to give this rebuttal? He was chosen because he is
the only black Republican senator," said Hostin.
"He is the person that Republicans want to put out front because of the
problem of racism in this country and he knows that. So I was sort of
disappointed that he was used in this way and didn't take that
opportunity to address that type of - this type of issue head-on," she
During Scott's speech Wednesday, the South Carolina senator said that
Americans need to find common ground in discussions about race, and
also shared a moving anecdote about his grandfather holding the
newspaper at the kitchen table in the morning to set a good example for
Scott - even though he had never learned to read himself.
Scott said that he himself knows the "pain of discrimination," having
been "pulled over for no reason" and "followed around a store." He also
added: "I've also experienced a different kind of intolerance. I get
called `Uncle Tom' and the N-word by progressives, by liberals. Just
last week, a national newspaper suggested my family's poverty was
actually privilege because a relative owned land generations before my
After Scott's speech, the phrase "Uncle Tim" trended on Twitter, a
combination of the names Tim Scott and "Uncle Tom," a racial slur that
has historically been used to accuse black men of being submissive to
The South Carolina senator called out the responses to his speech
during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" the next morning.
"It is stunning in 2021 that those who speak about ending
discrimination want to end it by more discrimination," Scott said.
"I'll just tell you that it has been an amazing morning with so many
good people calling. But the Left, they have doubled down. They are not
going to attack my policies, but they are literally attacking the color
of my skin. You cannot step out of your lane according to the liberal
elite Left," he said.