Laura Ingraham said the notion that the United States is mired in systemic racism is a “big lie” pushed by the Left.
Hours after a Minneapolis jury returned a guilty verdict against white ex-officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, the Fox News host argued against the concept of systemic racism, which is the idea that racial prejudice is institutionalized in society, laws, or organizations.
“The Left — it’s always committed to use this case in any instance of white cops having bad interactions with black Americans to reinforce the same big lie,” Ingraham said. “Mainly that America’s this systemically racist place. It’s a country where black people are targeted and in constant danger. They can never get ahead. So that lie, what does it do? It drives us apart, and it sends so many Americans back into their respective corners and cuts off conversations. It doesn’t start them.”
The “big lie” is also a term used by Democrats and some in the media to refer to claims that former President Donald Trump would have won the 2020 election if it were not rigged.
Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last year sparked national outcry for police reform and racial equality.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after Chauvin restrained him with his knee for more than nine minutes. A video of the incident went viral.
Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. He could now face decades behind bars and perhaps the rest of his life. The judge announced that his sentencing trial would take place in eight weeks. He was taken into custody, and his bail was revoked. Defense attorneys for Chauvin can seek an appeal.