Skip to comments.NYT: The Puzzle of Black Republicans ("modern black Republicans have been more tokens...")
Posted on 12/18/2012 10:45:48 PM PST by dead
WHEN Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina announced on Monday that she would name Representative Tim Scott to the Senate, it seemed like another milestone for African-Americans. Mr. Scott will complete the term of Senator Jim DeMint, who is leaving to run Heritage Foundation. 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.
But this first black rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes including that of President Obama as part of a morality play that dramatizes how far we have come. It obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress.
The cheerleading over racial symbolism plays to the Republicans desperate need to woo (or at least appear to woo) minority voters, who favored Mr. Obama over Mitt Romney by huge margins. Mrs. Haley a daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, India is the first female and first nonwhite governor of South Carolina, the home to white supremacists like John C. Calhoun, Preston S. Brooks, Ben Tillman and Strom Thurmond.
Mr. Scotts background is also striking: raised by a poor single mother, he defeated, with Tea Party backing, two white men in a 2010 Republican primary: a son of Thurmond and a son of former Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. But his politics, like those of the archconservative Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, are utterly at odds with the preferences of most black Americans. Mr. Scott has been staunchly anti-tax, anti-union and anti-abortion.
Even if the Republicans managed to distance themselves from the thinly veiled racism of the Tea Party adherents who have moved the party rightward...
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What a twit.
I’m not wasting the effort to click on this crap.
As a Conservative, who is Black I feel more at home in room full of Tea Party members than a room full of Marxist Leftists, enough said.
I know the NYT is going to fold and go completely out of business soon, but it's taking so long...
This is racist, bigoted, malicious, mendacious, and foul. They dare go here and we should spit in their damn eye for it.
adolf. How freakin’ fitting.
pubs have put up many fine upstanding....even clean....black candidates....
but it threatens the plantation mentality so the rats fight it....
I'm not so sure that Mia Love and Allen West weren't targeted for ballot mischief....
the rats do not want to deal with pubs have outspoken and intelligent black people.....
so I say...we redouble our efforts and get a ton more elected ....
maybe West could run for higher office and I certainly hope Mia Love gives it another go....
Kevin, how many times are we going to let them get away with this crap? How many times is too many?
I would imagine that its infuriating to have idiots trying to box your mind within his limitations. And his very idea that he has the authority to declare you an exile from your race!
Of course they were targeted. It’s time to end this leftist racism once and for all.
I’m confused. What positions do the Tea Party take that are “racist”? I’d really like to know.
Even if the Republicans managed to distance themselves from the thinly veiled racism of the Tea Party adherents who have moved the party rightward...Assumes as fact something that's been wholly created by the DNC and their slobbering media lapdogs.
From now on the word ‘democrat’ should be prefaced or followed by the word ‘racist’. Every time no matter what the subject and no matter what race.
The racism of the proposals is "thinly veiled" - that's liberal speak for "we can cite any particulars, just know that what we say is true, and if you disagree, it's because you're too stupid to see through the veil which we already told you is thin. If you disagree, you're stupid. Or racist.
A thinly veiled racist, of course. You know why.
“Im not wasting the effort to click on this crap.”
I never do. Hate to give a click-point to liberal sites and raise their analytics.
As a right-winger who is of Italian and Asian descent, I couldn’t stand being in the company of liberals either.
He will be the first black senator since 1979? Wasn’t obama in the senate in 2006? Or is he not black enough. The racist democrats are not proud of his darkness.