In SummaryThe Republican senator from South Carolina said, “To compare or conflate people who oppose his positions as being racists and traitors to the country is not only insulting and infuriating, it’s dead wrong.”
With a video series on issues concerning the Black community, Tim Scott, who is the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate, is putting fourth what he believes is a positive response to partisan rhetoric on race that he can combat, according to The Associated Press.
This method comes with some huge criticism of President Joe Biden’s rhetoric. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he hoped roundtables on issues such as generational wealth would change the conversation on race. Scott believed Biden’s voting rights speech worsened the current climate.
“To compare or conflate people who oppose his positions as being racists and traitors to the country is not only insulting and infuriating, it’s dead wrong,” he said to The Associated Press. “All you have to do is know the facts, and you realize that the president wasn’t misleading us only, he was actually fibbing to us, in order to amass political power — basically lying to us.”
The Black Republican senator is composing his half-dozen videos to be released between this week and the end of Black History Month in February as listening sessions. They will touch on topics he knows very well having grown up in poverty with a single parent, turning his own trajectory around because of education and positive influences.
“Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, and the celebration of his life, and the contributions of African Americans to this country, is a very important time for us to highlight the progress that we’ve made and also some of the issues that stand in the way of even more progress,” Scott said to The Associated Press. “I decided that the best way to do that is not just to hear from me but to actually listen to other folks throughout the community.”