As the Senate’s sole Black Republican, Tim Scott has addressed incredulity about the prevalence of police discrimination, describing his own experiences from the Senate floor. Yet he also sees law enforcement as a “noble” profession. He’s been frank about racial issues, but has decried the political weaponization of race and declared that America is not a racist country.

Last year, Democrats blocked his police reform bill in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, saying it didn’t go far enough. In recent months, Senator Scott of South Carolina and Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey have been working together on new legislation.

He sat down with the Monitor last week to discuss his vision for police reform and justice in America at a time of national reckoning – or, as he puts it, a national “wave of opportunity.”

“I don’t know that you can actually just put your sense of humiliation and disrespect in a corner and it doesn’t filter in,” Senator Scott says. “But you can have some really negative interactions [with police] and come to the conclusion that stereotyping them all is kind of like them stereotyping me.”

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