NAACP President on Incoming Black Sen. Tim Scott: ‘We Have Republicans Who Believe in Civil Rights — Unfortunately He Is Not One of Them’

Madeleine Morgenstern
The Blaze
1/2/2013

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announces Rep. Tim Scott as Sen. Jim DeMint’s replacement in the Senate during a news conference at the South Carolina Statehouse, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. , making him the only black Republican in Congress and the South’s first black Republican senator since Reconstruction. (AP)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announces Rep. Tim Scott as Sen. Jim DeMint’s replacement in the Senate during a news conference at the South Carolina Statehouse, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. , making him the only black Republican in Congress and the South’s first black Republican senator since Reconstruction. (AP)

 

The president of the NAACP said on Wednesday that black Republican congressman and incoming senator Tim Scott doesn’t “believe in civil rights.”

Benjamin Jealous was discussing Scott’s “F” score with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a measure that is “always about what’s in people’s hearts.”

“We have Republicans who believe in civil rights — unfortunately he is not one of them,” Jealous said. “And unfortunately his party as you know, has really gone after so-called RINOs as they call them, these Republicans who believe in civil rights, again and again.”

Jealous did note that “there is nothing but room for him to improve.”

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) last month named Scott to replace resigning Sen. Jim DeMint (R), who announced he was leaving the Senate to head the conservative Heritage Foundation. Scott is slated to be sworn in Thursday and will be the only black member of the upper chamber.

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Related: ‘Tokenism’ vs. ‘Diversity’ The left’s racially charged attack on Sen. Tim Scott, by James Taranto.

It’s the first day of the 113th Congress, and one of the new faces in the Senate belongs to a man who was re-elected to the House: South Carolina’s Tim Scott. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Scott to replace Jim DeMint, who in turn is filling the shoes of the Heritage Foundation’s longtime president, Ed Feulner.

Scott is the first black senator since Roland Burris departed the chamber in 2010. In addition, as Adolph Reed, a University of Pennsylvania political scientist, noted in a recent New York Times op-ed, “he will be the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction; the first black Republican senator since 1979, when Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts retired; and, indeed, only the seventh African-American ever to serve in the chamber.”

For Reed, who specializes in the history of black America, this is cause for complaint rather than celebration. “Modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress.”…

 

Also, Facts and Fallacies with Thomas Sowell, a video in which Dr. Sowell outlines common misconceptions about economics, race, and racism.

 

 

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