GOP Senator Tommy Tuberville Accused of Making Racist Reparations Statement | New

Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville threw red meat Saturday night at the crowd at a Trump rally in Nevada when he pushed the racist narrative that black people are criminals. He denounced reparations to the descendants of slavery in America in the context of the GOP’s strategy to make crime a key campaign issue.

“They’re not soft on crime,” Tuberville said of Democrats, according to the Associated Press. “They are pro-crime. They want crime. They want crime because they want to take what you have. They want to control what you have. They want reparations because they think the people who commit the crime are responsible for it.

representing Don Bacona Republican from Nebraska, declined to call Tuberville’s comments racist when asked about them on NBC. Meet the press. Bacon suggested the message was correct but should have been said politely.

“That’s not how I present things” Bacon said on the Sunday morning political talk show. “But we have to be honest, we have a crime problem in our country.”

But Reverend Al Sharpton called Tuberville’s comments “obviously racist” for equating crime with reparations and “offensive and insulting to all Americans, black and white.”

“I think it’s absolutely inexcusable, and the fact that no Republican leader of any gravity or position even speaks out against it shows why black people have looked at the leadership of today’s Republican party like we do. let’s do it,” Sharpton said. on MSNBC Reporting by Yasmin Vossoughian.

A video of Sharpton’s full comments is below:

Stereotype of black Americans as criminals is wrong, says FBI data. An FBI report released in December 2021 said white people made up more than half (50.8%) of known offenders in 2020, compared to 29.6% of black Americans that year.

Meanwhile, innocent black Americans are seven times more likely than white Americans to be wrongfully convicted of serious crimes, according to a new study published on September 27 by the National register of exemptionsshining a spotlight on a pervasive pattern of racism in the criminal justice system.

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According The New York Times, Republicans are stepping up their focus on crime and public safety in the final weeks ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. GOP strategists are looking to capitalize on voter fears about safety after the COVID-19 pandemic 19 fueled a spike in crime. It is a strategy often criticized as a source of racial division.

As for repairs, President Joe Bidenbefore being elected president, did not express particular support for its implementationsplit in the left wing of the Democratic Party.

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In 2021, Biden supported the study of reparationsas the pandemic has laid bare racial disparities in access to quality health care, income, education, criminal justice and other areas in systems that many believe have institutionalized racism.