In a speech Thursday at a New Hampshire Republican event, former Vice President Mike Pence
dismissed systemic racism
as a "left-wing myth."
The New York
Times reported that he declared, "America is not a racist
Speaking to a small group of Republicans
at the Hillsborough County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, Pence criticized the teaching of “critical race theory
” to American children
. The concept, which is now being taught in some K-12 schools
, asserts that race is a social construct that has been and continues to be exploited to oppress people
Pence claimed the theory, which Republican lawmakers are attempting to outlaw in public schools, teaches children to be "ashamed of their skin color."
“It is long past time for America to reject the left-wing myth of systemic racism,” he said.
America is not a racist nation; America is the most just, righteous, noble, and inclusive nation that has ever existed on the face of the earth! — Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) June 4, 2021
His remarks come just two days after President Joe Biden
became the first president of the United States
to commemorate the 1921 Tulsa
“The events we discuss today occurred 100 years ago, and yet I am the first president in 100 years to visit Tulsa,” Biden said in a speech on Tuesday. “We do ourselves no favors by pretending none of this ever happened or that it doesn’t impact us today, because it does.
Pence, who is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2024, praised former President Donald Trump
and lauded their administration's accomplishments in his Thursday speech.
He did, however, admit that he and his ex-box did not “see eye to eye” on the Jan. 6 riot at the United States Capitol
, though he stopped short of blaming Trump for the riot.
“Jan. 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol,” Pence said, adding, “You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office, and I don’t know if we’ll ever agree on that day, but I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years.”