“Seems something awkward to me where a white president talked about white supremacy and a black senator said…America’s not racist,” Sharpton said. “Seem a little strange to me. Now, everybody in America is not racist. But are you talking about whether the practice of America is racist or the people? Because the practice of America was built on racism.”
Sharpton went on to describe America’s history, saying, “It was against the law for us to read and write. It was against the law for us to marry. It was against the law for us to name our children after us. We were brought here to work and never get paid. That’s how the country was built.”
He noted how in 1847, by law, black people were chattel slaves in Elizabeth City, adding, “What do you mean America is not racist? It was started off racism!”
Sharpton claimed that today black people are “unemployed twice as much as whites,” get worse education, worse health care, and can’t get business or bank loans. He said that there is still systemic racism in America.