Conservative talk show host Mark Levin explained in less than four minutes on his Fox News program Sunday night why the United States is not guilty of systemic racism but is rather a promoter of freedom for all its citizens.
The former chief of staff to Reagan administration Attorney General Edwin Meese made his case on “Life, Liberty & Levin” by reviewing some key facts from U.S. history.
“You know, America is a great country, with great people,” Levin said. “Massive diversity, where the vast majority of us get along, but there are forces in this country, political and others, that seek to divide us.”
“This idea that America is systemically racist is a big lie,” he added.
Levin first pointed to the Civil War in the 1860s, highlighting that there were 800,000 casualties in the nation’s bloodiest war, which decided the issue of slavery once and for all.
The commentator also noted that at the time, the population of the United States was just over 31 million. With today’s population, the equivalent casualty count would be over eight million killed or wounded.
“No nation on the face of the earth has ever undertaken such an effort,” Levin said.
During the course of the war, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the states then in rebellion against the union.
The 13th Amendment followed in 1865, abolishing slavery throughout the United States.
Next came the 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, guaranteeing that former slaves and all Americans would receive due process and equal protection under the law from their state governments.
In 1870, the nation adopted the 15th Amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote for African-Americans, which was championed by President Ulysses S. Grant.
Levin also highlighted the KKK Act or the Third Force Act, passed in 1871, which Grant used to deploy federal troops to crush the Ku Klux Klan in his time.
The host further noted the multiple civil rights acts passed after the war meant to secure the newly freed slaves’ place as citizens.
He recounted that many of these laws were later thwarted by Democrats.
“Now the implementation of this became problematic because of the Democrat Party and racist elements not just in the South but in the North that didn’t believe in Reconstruction after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and after Ulysses S. Grant left office,” Levin said.