When 140 Characters Isn't Enough
Racism: The once-proud NAACP has dissed a new African-American Republican senator as a token who knows nothing about civil rights because, well, he's a Republican — unlike, say, Democrats who opposed the Civil Rights Act.
NAACP President Ben Jealous made the claim Wednesday concerning Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. — the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction and the first black GOP senator since 1979, when Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts retired. Indeed, Scott is only the seventh African-American ever to serve in the chamber.
Jealous based his claim on Scott receiving an "F" on an NAACP scorecard of issues that can charitably be described as goofy since many items appear to have nothing to do with racial matters or civil rights. Item No. 3, for instance, concerns banning the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
So now we have the bizarre spectacle of the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People slandering a black man who is advancing to the United States Senate. We are asked to believe that Scott, a black man who was raised by an indigent single mother in the deep South, knows nothing about the struggles for civil rights or racial equality.
When. Gov. Nikki Haley of the right-to-work state of North Carolina, another racist no-no, appointed fellow Tea Party Republican to the Senate, she was recognizing the content of Scott's character and someone who grasps free-market job creation and believes our rights come from our Creator, not from our government.
The NAACP's scorecard, however, says you only believe in civil rights if you back Big Labor, support new government regulations, vote for activist judges, use public money to support abortion providers, favor weaker criminal penalties, oppose constitutional checks and balances on executive power, support punitive taxation on the successful and embrace the administration's environmental agenda.
Ironically, the NAACP was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, a registered Republican, and a higher percentage of GOP senators supported the Civil Rights Act than did Democrats. We are also reminded of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's reason she became a Republican.
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