On Monday, Senator Tim Scott appeared as a guest on "The View" and voiced his criticism towards the show's hosts for their past remarks about him being the "exception" to systemic racism in the United States. He found their comments offensive and disturbing, especially considering the impact it could have on young individuals.
Sunny Hostin, one of the co-hosts, inquired about Scott's stance on the concept of systemic racism and further questioned him regarding his personal triumph over such a system.
"One of the reasons why I’m on the show is because of the comments that were made frankly on this show that the only way for a young African-American kid to be successful in this country is to be the exception and not the rule. That’s a dangerous, offensive, disgusting message to send to our young people today that the only way to succeed is by being the exception," Scott said.
Hostin started to argue "it is" before Scott countered.
"The fact of the matter is we’ve had an African-American president, African-American vice president, we’ve had two African Americans to be secretaries of the state. In my home city, the police chief is an African American who’s now running for mayor. The head of the highway patrol for South Carolina is an African American. In 1975, there was about 15% unemployment in the African-American community. For the first time in the country, it’s under 5%," Scott said.
Hostin emphasized that they were all exceptions, highlighting the alarming statistic that African Americans, who constitute only 13% of the population, face a disproportionately high homelessness rate of 40%.
"You asked the question. I’ve watched you on the show, and you like people to be deferential and respectful," Scott said, which Hostin reluctantly admitted was "true."
"Progress in America is measured in generations. My grandfather [was] born in 1921 in Salley, South Carolina, when he was on a sidewalk, a White person was coming, he had to step off and not make eye contact. That man believed then, with some doubt now, in the goodness of America, because he believed that faith in God, faith in himself, and faith in what the future could hold for his kids, would unleash opportunities in ways that you cannot imagine," Scott continued.
"So, what I’m suggesting is that yesterday’s exception is today’s rule," he stated.
During another segment, there was a lighthearted moment when Whoopi Goldberg approached and placed her arm around Sunny Hostin while Senator Scott addressed their inquiries. Goldberg had requested Scott to address his party's concerns regarding racial issues, and Hostin was perplexed by Scott's assertion that Republicans had made significant strides in addressing such matters.
"It's not Republicans or Democrats," Scott said. "Both sides of the aisle can do a better job on the issue of race."
Senator Tim Scott to the hosts of The View:
"I’m on the show because of the comments made frankly on this show...the only way for a young African American kid to be successful in this country is to be the exception...? That is a dangerous, offensive, disgusting message..." pic.twitter.com/wAJzL4C3EP
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Joy Behar argued that Scott actually doesn't understand racism in the United States.
"He’s one of these guys, like Clarence Thomas, Black Republican, who believes in pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, rather than understanding the systemic racism that African Americans face in this country and other minorities. He doesn’t get it. Neither does Clarence. That’s why they’re Republicans," she said.
A white woman lecturing a black man on him not understanding racism. Notice how this type of situation never happens on "The View" when it's a Democrat involved.
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