Is America a Racist Country?
Even posing the question that challenges whether or not America is a racist country is in itself quite the racist stance, when you consider the violent series of events that transpired in the quest to uphold the statutes of white supremacy, and permanently destabilize the survivability of natives, criminally tossed out of the land they were born to inherit.
Likewise, the venom of white evangelism made its way to Black and Brown territories with the mission statement of British imperialism, that still dictates the manner in which invaluable resources are dispersed to the western world, while victimized originators of those riches have to continuously suffer punishment from God Almighty, who gave blessings to white invaders, brandishing bibles.
Some days ago, President Joe Biden delivered his long-awaited address to the nation, before a joint session of of Congress, and considering the horrific year we’ve endured in the middle of a global pandemic that has so far resulted in a death count of more than 570K with new cases popping up on a daily basis, the Comforter-in-Chief managed to uplift themes of emerging optimism.
The standard rebuttal by a chosen representative from the other side of the aisle is usually smothered in theatrics, featuring itemized reasons why the party officially in charge of The White House needs to be assigned a move out date, when the next election cycle comes around.
For this episode, the honors were bestowed on none other than the newly-minted darling of the GOP, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who spent the time allotted to his scheduled response to the president’s prolific speech, brazenly spewing out harmful rhetoric that accurately validates the white power mantra of his ailing party.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was so moved by Tim Scott’s disgraceful performance as a Black man who has willfully sold his soul to the deceit of whiteness that he publicly anointed his Black protege as the “future of the Republican Party.
You know you’ve crossed the line of no return when a shameless bigot who made it his life’s mission to thwart the honorable propositions of the first-ever Black Commander-in-chief, and later bragged about it on Fox News, goes out of his way to endorse your immense contribution to racist America.
Scott, for his part is vividly transparent about his bottomline. He’s clearly motivated by skyrocketed ambitions that won’t be restricted by damaging effects of submitting to the task of cooning in broad daylight for the traitorous applause of white oppressors, who have historically used Black traitors for practiced exploits.
Excerpts from Scott’s delivery:
“I get called ‘Uncle Tom’ and the N-word — by ‘progressives.”
Well, if the shoe fits, as they say!
“It’s backwards to fight discrimination with a different type of discrimination. It’s wrong to use the painful past to try to honestly shut down debates of the present.”
This ludicrous argument is the preferred armor of white supremacists, as a way to fight back against the “woke” mob and activists on behalf of Black Lives Matter, who won’t stop demanding the abolishment of institutions that unleash systemic violence levied on targeted communities.
Hearing Tim Scott, a Black man and rising star in the party that is historically known for advancing bigoted laws in an effort to keep his own people systemically enslaved, casually condemn the oppressed for rightfully vilifying their oppressors, by utilizing the factual atrocities of the past as evidence, is a frightening sight to behold.
But even more terrifying is the way Scott disrobed his Blackness without blinking, almost like a graphic scene out of Jordan Peele’s latest horror flick, about Black zombies with directives to protect the purity of whiteness to combat the ongoing race war.
“Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.”
Vengeful Republicans are relishing this victory lap provided by the services of Scott, who has obediently wiped off some of the dust from the cruddy optics that controversial newbies like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebart have aggressively supplied without letting up.
But this isn’t the first and it won’t be the last time that the question of racism in America will be raised with the pridefulness of white America, staunchly pushing back on the bloody ancestral stains that massacred the primal roadmap of generations of victimized groups.
Scott may have said what he said with brimming confidence that his profound declaration will prompt impactful debates about the legitimacy of Black activism standing up to the raging machine of systemic injustice, but in his quiet moments, he will undoubtedly ponder how his legacy will survive his viral abomination.
In the meantime, the menacing conversation about racial strife in a country that was built on the scarred backs of Black bodies is the language that fuels the deep division that won’t be mended, until white America reckons with its unfair advantage and the complicity that allows the re-traumatization of Black families, still waiting for realization of reparations.
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have each shared their thoughts on Tim Scott’s offensive statement about America not being an inherently racist country, despite the crimes logged into American history, that fatefully charted the course of Black people in ways that still resound with deadliness.
Biden’s partial response:
“No, I don’t think the American people are racist, but I think after 400 years, African Americans have been left in a position where they are so behind the eight ball, in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity.”
Harris’s partial response:
“No. I don’t think America is a racist country but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.” “I applaud the President for always having the ability and the courage, frankly, to speak the truth about it.”
The worst part of all of this, is the awful timing, as we contend with nonstop coverage of police shootings that seem to have developed troubling momentum, since guilty verdicts were levied on George Floyd’s murderer.
Black youngsters are not spared the worst case scenario, as the heated debates about whether or not a 16-year-old Black girl wielding a knife against other teens, after she allegedly called the police for help intensifies, to reveal the callousness of those who approve the murderous cops decision to shoot a Black teenager enough times to kill her.
This nation and the entire world witnessed the brutish last minutes of an unarmed Black man, who begged his white killer to spare his life in full view of two uniformed accomplices and the crowd of onlookers who helplessly captured the graphic footage.
If that’s not the very definition of what systemic racism looks like, then what the hell is?
Biden’s attempt to assuage the frustrations on both sides is nothing short of disastrous. Strategizing ways to avoid alienating racist America is the exact translation of white supremacy. It’s pointless to argue historical references by methodically refuting the notion that Americans are racist, which conveniently generalizes ALL Americans.
It’s quite frankly an act of cowardice that can’t be dismissed.
Kamala Harris who makes history as the first Black woman of South Asian descent to be elected to the second highest office in the land, also executed a disappointing and inconsistent response to Tim Scott’s unforgivable assessment of America’s lethal religion of racism.
How can Harris claim that America is not a racist country, but in the same breath admit that the history of racism in this country still threatens the existence of Black and Brown people in today’s society?
Why is this current administration eerily echoing similar sentiments from their bigoted predecessors, who repeatedly dismissed the validity of white supremacy, and mocked the fact that racism has historically been reinforced as the oppressive lever to terrorize and kill.
There really is no reasonability behind openly denying that America is indeed a racist country, especially when you consider the crimes against humanity that has evolved into the white terrorism implemented by rogue cops, as the preferred tactic exacted against Black and Brown victims of systemic violence
It’s not shocking that Sen. Tim Scott has chosen to dishonor his own in favor of ascending the ladder of success as the token clown of the GOP.
But when it comes to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and their combined pledges to diligently advance the Black agenda for the betterment of a community that has suffered greatly from gross negligence and judicial abuse, it’s going to be difficult not to be die-hard skeptic, if neither of them can boldly speak truth to power.
It’s an affront to Black lives that matter, and the Black souls that can’t rest from systemic injustice, for the duly elected, occupying the highest levels of government to recklessly support misguided narratives that serve as the weaponizing of white supremacy.
It’s a dangerous endeavor for President Biden and VP Harris to take the shaky stance of diminishing the historical significance of slavery, and how it spread like a virus, permeating everything from infrastructure to systems of societal functionality that still maintain the rulebook that stifles the progression of Black and Brown.
If this is supposed to be the most diverse cabinet ever assembled, why isn’t that enhancement being appropriately reflected?
Hopefully revisions will be made, and both the president and his second-in-command will issue corrected statements that illustrate what has always been true, and can’t be erased, until there’s a reckoning:
America is a racist country.
Historically targeted communities are under attack from high-powered white supremacists like Mitch McConnell, who is currently on a mission to wipe out the uniquely comprehensive and well-received program known as “The New York Times 1619 Project” from the mandated curriculum of American institutions.
We need the president of the United States and his VP to stop playing dumb and timid — and rise to the momentous occasion of rebuilding the status quo, by unequivocally denouncing the deadliness of white supremacy and defeating the baseless claims that “Americans aren’t racist” or “America as a country isn’t racist.”
We can no longer afford the blatant ignorance that caters to the threatening climate of active white terrorists.