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Lindsey Graham Claims Barack Obama and Kamala Harris Prove 'America Is Not a Racist Country'—It Did Not Go Well

Lindsey Graham Claims Barack Obama and Kamala Harris Prove 'America Is Not a Racist Country'—It Did Not Go Well
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Despite Republican dismissals, racism has been ingrained in the United States since its inception.

Whether it's through building stratospheric levels of wealth through centuries of forced labor, denying prosperity to marginalized groups through redlining, disproportionately incarcerating Black citizens, or a host of other actions, a hard truth to face is that the country has disproportionately burdened and brutalized Americans of color, particularly Black Americans.

In addition to the racism enshrined in the government's day-to-day operations, racism on a sociological basis has been embraced by the Republican party with its fearmongering of immigrants and Muslims and its frequent justification of law enforcement murders of Black people.

But Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina insists that America isn't systemically racist, because the country has elected a Black President in the past and recently elected a Black Vice President.

Watch below.

When asked by Chris Wallace if there was systemic racism in policing and other institutions, Graham said:

"No, not in my opinion. We just elected a two-term African American President. The Vice President is of African-American, Indian descent, so our systems are not racist. America is not a racist country. Within every society, you have bad actors."

Graham didn't acknowledge the onslaught of racist rhetoric against former President Barack Obama before, during, and after his presidency. Former President Donald Trump, whom Graham supported throughout his presidency, built his political brand on questioning whether or not Obama was actually an American.

Vice President Kamala Harris' saw her name repeatedly, deliberately botched by Republicans, some of whom were even her colleagues in the Senate at the time. For instance, former Senator David Perdue (R-GA) mocked Harris' name while speaking at a Trump rally.

What's more, the elections of individuals of color don't disprove the existence of systemic racism. In the wake of Obama's election and, more recently, Biden's election, Republicans have attempted to further weaponize systemic racism through voter suppression laws that disproportionately target Black communities.

Social media users didn't hesitate to fact-check Graham.

They proceeded to roast Graham for the absurd argument—and Fox for posing the existence of systemic racism as questionable in the first place.

Graham isn't expected to change his position anytime soon, even in the face of centuries' of evidence.