Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath used the occasion of Juneteenth to insist that the United States was “founded on racism” and that “racism is in every fiber of our country,” while speaking at an event hosted by big-dollar Democratic donors.
The remarks, caught on video, were given to the Democratic mega donor law firm Duane Morris LLP on the anniversary of the end of slavery in America.
“What we’ve seen since 2016 has been an awakening for America, and people who thought well, you know, racism doesn’t really exist, racism, the country was founded on racism, racism is in every fiber of our country,” McBath told the room, according to video of the event obtained by The Post.
McBath gave no evidence for her damning claim, except to say there has been a backlash against the presidency of Barack Obama and that certain demographic groups fear the “browning of America.”
McBath flipped the Peach State’s 6th District in 2018, and held off a challenge in 2020, though the seat is in Republican cross hairs for a potential pickup in the 2022 midterms. A rising star in Georgia Democratic politics, she was rumored to be on the shortlist to run for the US Senate last year.
McBath did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
The comments come amid a political and cultural firestorm regarding critical race theory and how the history of the United States should be taught to the nation’s school children. The battle lines in that fight are plainly drawn around the question of whether the United States is and always has been a racist nation.
Critical race theory dictates that race is an underlying dynamic of all human interaction and views the human experience as a constant power struggle between the races, often with a focus on “white privilege” as a result of slavery.
Current US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona helped implement a critical race theory curriculum for Connecticut students while operating the state’s school system.
Republicans have argued against including it in students’ curriculum, with many arguing it teaches children to view each other based on race.
As Republican state legislatures have moved to ban critical race theory from schools, progressives have insisted that CRT is being misunderstood — with some even claiming the theory isn’t taught outside of law schools — despite a growing movement of parents of young children across the country furiously protesting it at school board meetings.