Cory Booker: ‘Bigotry Was Written Into Our Founding Documents’

By CNSNews.com Staff | August 9, 2019 | 10:57 AM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Cory Booker (D.-N.J.) said in a speech at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. on Wednesday that bigotry was written into the founding documents of the United States and that white supremacy has “always been a part of the American story.”

“Bigotry was written into our founding documents. Native Americans, in our Declaration of Independence, were referred to as savages,” Booker said. “In our Constitution, black people are fractions of human beings.

“White supremacy has always been a problem in our America story,” he said. “If not always at the surface, then looking not so far beneath it.”

Here is a transcript of the part of Booker’s speech where he says that “bigotry was written into our founding documents”:

“Bigotry was written into our founding documents. Native Americans, in our Declaration of Independence, were referred to as savages. In our Constitution, black people are fractions of human beings.

"White supremacy has always been a problem in our America story. If not always at the surface, then looking not so far beneath it.

"We have seen it from slave masters who stole and pillage black bodies for profit, to demagogues throughout generations who stoked racist and anti-immigrant hatred, often for votes, and then enshrined this bigotry into our laws.

"And, yes, racist violence has always been a part of the American story. Never more so than in times of transition and times of rapid social change. We have seen it from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, from the summer of 100 years ago to Charlottesville, from the lynching of people of Mexican descent in Port Veneer, Texas, 101 years ago, to the massacred targeting LatinX people in El Paso, Texas, this last Saturday.

"To say this is to speak the truth plainly, because without the truth there can be no reconciliation."

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