Donalds Rebukes Idea That America is Systematically Racist (VIDEO)

Donalds Rebukes Idea That America is Systematically Racist (VIDEO)

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
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June 23, 2023

WASHINGTON—The Floridian spoke with Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) on systemic racism in the United States, where he echoed comments by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) earlier in June on ABC's The View.

"I will never deny that racism exists or has ever existed in our country, I'll never deny that. And was the country systemically racist 50 years ago? 100 years ago? Yeah, 100%. Is it today? No, it's not," Rep. Donalds told The Floridian.

Rep. Donalds suggested the message of ongoing systemic racism in the U.S. is harmful, telling Black children that "there's no hope for them unless they cling to some dogma that some governmental policy will save them or make things all equal."

Donalds pointed out that life is inherently unbalanced, and the best way to ensure the success of future generations is to "build wealth" and "put your kids in the best position to be successful."

"Life is not fair, life is never going to be equal. The only thing you can do from generation to generation is, frankly, build wealth [and] put your kids in the best position to be successful. So if your kids succeed and you build wealth, that passes on to the next generation," Donalds continued.

Moreover, he suggested a cultural shift back towards two-parent households is forming in the Black community for the first time since the Great Society program started by President Lyndon Johnson, which Donalds called "terrible for Black people."

"I think as a Black community, that's already starting to change. The formation of Black families is starting to increase again for the first time since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, which was terrible for Black people, by the way. Black families are forming again, at high rates and growing every single year. That's a positive thing. Black men are in the home again, a positive thing," Donalds concluded.

Earlier in June, Sen. Tim Scott similarly rebuked the notion that the United States remains systematically racist, saying "One of the things I think about, and one of the reasons why I'm on this 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."

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Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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