Conservative author and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich tried to set the record straight on Monday, urging “the left” and President Obama to forgive America for racism in the way that family members of the Charleston, South Carolina victims forgave the alleged killer.
“America isn’t a racist country, not even close,” she wrote in an op-ed in The Hill on Monday. “The left falsely saying so promotes not progress but division. American history includes slavery and racism, but its current status and future as a whole does not.”
Calling out Obama in particular, Pavlich, who is white, granted that while the United States once “participated in slavery,” it is now washed clean of that “sin” and reminded readers that “black Africans sold other blacks into slavery (and still do today).”
Obama recently said on comedian Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast that when it came to institutional racism, America is still “not cured of it.”
“And despite what Obama says, racism is not passed along in DNA through the generations,” Pavlich wrote. “If that were the case, America wouldn’t be the tolerant, multi-racial country it is today.”
Her chief argument appeared far down on the page:
America had the dignity to end slavery through a civil war and has since moved forward to correct wrongs with the civil rights movement, affirmative action, legislation, pop culture and much more. Institutional racism is no longer prevalent in the ways the left claims. Obama, elected twice by American voters, is black, as is former Attorney General Eric Holder and current Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
There are a number of blacks serving in the U.S. Congress, including Republican Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) and Congresswoman Mia Love (Utah). The likes of Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé are business and pop culture icons.
She conceded that individual racists “still exist,” but cited the alleged killer Dylann Roof’s remarks that he felt lonely as evidence that true racists are a “innumerable minority roundly and strongly condemned by the rest of society.”
All things considered, Pavlich suggested that “the left” get over its concerns about racism, like how certain family members of the Charleston victims have chosen to forgive Roof.
“The people who lost loved ones at Emanuel AME Church have forgiven their killer. It’s time the left does the same with America for her long past sins,” Pavlich wrote.