South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is a well-respected congressman. He approaches his job with a level of professionalism hard to find in Washington DC. And that professionalism showed itself once more when he gave some somber yet uplifting remarks on the tragic Buffalo Massacre, which killed ten people last Saturday.
The South Carolina Republican has fought for our values again and again since taking office in 2013. He was also not afraid to hold Trump accountable when he misspoke or mistyped — although, unlike your Mitt Romney’s of the world, Scott knows when he is out of his element. President Trump is not infallible, but his mind and acumen are nearly unmatched when it comes to leaders in the world today. And Scott is smart enough to recognize that fact.
Tim Scott is also a black man. He knows and sympathizes with the plight of black people in America today. Indeed, he has experienced true tragedy in his state — the senseless 2015 massacre that occurred at the Emmanuel African Episcopal Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina. That killing was racially motivated. And in a very pastoral tone, Senator Scott applied his own experiences to the event that occurred this past Saturday. In speaking with Daily Wire, Tim Scott said the following:
“The first thing I have to do is take a step back… In Charleston, South Carolina, a racist walked into a church and killed my friend, the pastor of the church … and eight other African Americans simply because they were black.
He sat through a Bible study for 90 minutes, pulled out a weapon, and executed those nine lives. And so, for me, I don’t think about it from a political perspective first or second, think about it from just a human perspective of the loss of my friends.
I would say to the Biden Administration, that the solution we should be looking for is unifying our country, not polarizing our country… He should lead us to that healing and reconciliation, not looking for someone on my side of the aisle to blame. That didn’t happen in South Carolina.”
When asked if America was a racist country, he said “hear me clearly, America is not a racist country”. That is true, and he can say this, even as he in the same breath admits there are still racists in America. And that’s the perspective we ought to have. There are and there always will be. But America is not racist, and to teach otherwise is to deceive our young ones, especially our black children, into not putting in the effort and work necessary to succeed in America today.