In a moving speech that cited his family's story as the reason he believes in America's potential, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) closed the first night of the Republican National Convention with a message of hope aimed at black Americans.
"Growing up, he had to cross the street if a white person was coming," Scott said of his grandfather. "He suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third grader to pick cotton, and he never learned to read or write.
Yet he lived long enough to see his grandson become the first African American to be elected to both the United States House and the United States Senate in the history of this country.
Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime. And that's why I believe the next American century can be better than the last."
Scott also talked about the people who elected him, "a poor black kid, from a single-parent household."
"Because of the evolution of the southern heart in an overwhelmingly white district, the voters judged me not on the color of my skin, but on the content of my character," he explained.
The truth is, our nation's arc always bends back towards fairness... When we stumble, and we will, we pick ourselves back up and try again."
Scott discussed President Trump's record of implementing criminal justice reform and other policies that have benefited black Americans, as well as described Democrats' goals for the nation.
" ... Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want a cultural revolution," he said. "... If we let them, they will turn our country into a socialist utopia, and history has taught us that path only leads to pain and misery ... "
He concluded by saying that "supporting the Republican ticket gives you the best chance of making [the American] dream a reality."