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WATCH Rick Santorum Get Slammed For Saying The Racism Debate ‘Is The Problem’

Now that Republicans realize the leader of their party, President Trump, is a racist who sees no problem giving aid and comfort to members of the KKK, alt-right, and neo-Nazis, they’re trying to convince us the real problem in America is the very fact that we talk about racism in the first place.

Such was the case Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, where former Pennsylvania GOP Senator Rick Santorum was on a panel with Bakari Sellers and Nina Turner, both of whom are African-American. Sellers began by commenting:

“It won’t change until individuals who look like [Nina Turner] and I decide that enough is enough. And so many people confuse patriotism and prejudice. And what we saw on display [in Charlottesville] was so much prejudice. And I hope that individuals, especially white evangelicals in American decide to stand up and say enough is enough.”

Poor little Ricky Santorum said he (like so many conservatives) thinks the discussion of race is the problem. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that his party is on the wrong side of the issue:

“You see, that’s the kind of talk that really, I think, causes problems. That says somehow or another, if you’re white, you’re somehow racist… I don’t know anybody who has spoken [in favor of white supremacy] but then to say this is larger problem is just — I would just say we have problems of racism in this country. But tying that to white supremacists, I think is a whole different thing.”


Turner took Santorum to school by reminding him:

“Two hundred and fifty years worth of slave, almost 100 years worth of Jim Crow in this country. The fact that the systems in this country still treat black folks… as second class citizens. And part of what the [Sen. Rick Santorum] doesn’t want to face is also part of the problem… nobody has said that all white people are racist.”

Sellers then finished Santorum off by saying he hoped he was uncomfortable with the topic:

“I hope that you’re uncomfortable with the conversation. Because this conversation is uncomfortable. But it’s something that we have to deal with.”

Apparently Santorum and many of his colleagues in the GOP are under the mistaken impression that if you ignore something and pretend it doesn’t exist, it’ll go away. But it hasn’t, and silence won’t help.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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