American President Joe Biden said that he does not consider the United States a racist country, thus commenting on the words of Republican Senator Tim Scott.
In his first address to both houses of Congress, Biden stated the need to eliminate systemic racism in the United States. Republicans have traditionally responded to Biden with objections to his policies. This time, the response was delivered by Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, who, in particular, stressed that “America is not a racist country.”
“I don’t think the American people are racist,” Biden said in an interview with NBC, an excerpt of which is provided on the channel’s website.
“I don’t think America is a racist (country), but I think the impact of the Jim Crow laws (laws in force from the late 19th century to 1964, named after a fictional comic character who impersonated an illiterate African American – ed.), and before that, slavery, had a price, and we have to deal with it,” Biden said. Since the end of May 2020, a wave of protests and riots against police violence and racism has swept through many major cities in the United States and then in some other countries. The reason for the speeches was the death of an African-American, George Floyd, who died while being detained by police in Minneapolis. One police officer was charged with murder, the other three with aiding and abetting. After Floyd’s death, the Black Lives Matter movement, which opposes violence against the black population, became more active.