NAACP “Concerned” Tim Scott Won’t Tow Their Line

Posted: December 19, 2012 in News, racism
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Anyone who reads my writing knows that I’m not afraid to discuss the race issue and I do, quite regularly. Gov. Nikki Haley’s appointment of Congressman Tim Scott to the retiring South Carolina Senator, Jim DeMint’s seat in the Senate has raised some concern from the NAACP.

Being that Congressman, soon to be Senator, Scott will be the only black person in the Senate, since 2010, you may think that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People would be proud. Not so fast, the problem is Tim Scott is a Tea Party Republican. The NAACP is “concerned” that he won’t tow the line, and take his orders from them.

It is well known what this “civil rights” organization thinks of the Tea Party movement. In a 2010 report they called the movement a platform for anti-Semites, racists, and bigots. Even knowing that in 2010, at Tea Party events liberal organizations were planting people in the crowds with racist signs for their cameras, and that the Tea Party is more diverse than the Democrats and Republicans, the movement has still been repeatedly labeled as the opposite.

On the issue of racism in the Tea Party Scott told CBS News, in 2010, “There are good people and bad people in all organizations fundamentally however, when you look at the basis of the Tea Party it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with an economic recovery.”

“Certainly I feel like I’m the tip of the arrow at times because certainly the national media wants to talk about the fact that I’m a black Republican and some people think of that as zany that a black person would be a conservative but to me what is zany is any person black, white, red, brown or yellow not being a conservative,” Scott said then.

The Daily Caller caught up with Hilary Shelton, senior vice president for advocacy and policy at the NAACP, Monday.

“It is important that we have more integration in the U.S. Senate,” said Shelton in a phone interview. “It’s good to see that diversity.”

“Mr. Scott certainly comes from a modest background, experience, and so forth, and should be sensitive to those issues,” he said, referring to Scott’s impoverished single-parent upbringing in Charleston, SC.

“Unfortunately, his voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives raises major concerns,” Shelton said.

Shelton went on to explain that the NAACP platform is crafted through an annual voting process which engages grassroots-level delegates who then vote on the group’s national agenda. That agenda calls for an expansive role for federal government spending in black communities.

Shelton said that the NAACP is worried that Scott won’t promote that agenda, since he “has demonstrated a record of opposition to civil rights protection and advancing those real issues of concern of the NAACP’s noted African-American community.”

It seems to me that the NAACP is only in favor of diversity when it works in their favor. Shelton went on to talk about trying to convert Scott to the dark side their side.

While the NAACP focuses on the down side of a black conservative I feel the overwhelming pride in how far we have come in the 150 years since slavery. Tim Scott will be the Senator for a district that includes Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the War of Northern Aggression were fired, in the state that was the first to succeed. Also worth mentioning he will be holding the Senate spot once held by the late Strom Thurmond, one of the few Republican segregationists.

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