Over the weekend there were some harsh words said in the Carolinas. The President of the NAACP in North Carolina the Reverend William Barber II said of Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy. The extreme right wing down here [in South Carolina] finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the tea party.”
Mr. Barber chose to use the platform of the holiday celebrating the life and work of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. to attack conservatives and specifically deride the African-American Senator from South Carolina.
Senator Scott was not amused, but chose to take the higher ground in his response to the NAACP leader.
“I did not meet him when I was failing out of high school. I did not see him on the streets of my neighborhoods where too many of my friends got off track and never recovered. I did not meet him when I was working 85 hour weeks to start my business, nor did I meet him when I was running for Congress against long odds. But who I did meet were people everywhere across this state who were willing to work hard and to help me succeed — and I them.”
It’s sad to watch a man be derided for his political beliefs simply because of the color of his skin. In Mr. Barber’s estimation (and apparently the estimation of the NAACP), any black man who also happens to be a political conservative is simply a ventriloquists dummy for white people.
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Sadly, Mr. Barber and the NAACP has proven that for some this has not yet happened. Meanwhile, the Tea Party Republicans who are so often attacked as “racists” fully support Senator Scott, not because of his skin color, but because of the content of his character and their agreement with his political beliefs.
It seems that it is conservatives who have come the furthest on race relations, while liberals and Democrats of every race, creed and color are still stuck in the 1960’s.