Politic365

 
 


Culture

5:56am December 30, 2012

No Reason to Celebrate Tim Scott

tim6

By Bill Fletcher for the Philadelphia Tribune

The polite side of me congratulates Tim Scott on being named Senator for the state of South Carolina. Allright — now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business.

The appointment of Scott was a move that reminded me of the Republican choice to head the Republican National Committee — Michael Steele — in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s first election in 2008. The RNC seemed to want to go out of their way to demonstrate that they could put a Black person into a responsible position now that the country had elected an African-American. In the aftermath of the re-election of President Obama, and the increasing support he is receiving among people of color (as voting blocs), the Republicans seem to, once again, want to demonstrate that they are not the party of whiteness … well, sort of.

The concern for Black America about this appointment is that we fall into the trap of ignoring Scott’s politics in the name of supporting another Black man. This is a mistake that many of us have made over the years with one of the most egregious examples being the support gained by Clarence Thomas from too many African Americans when he was appointed to the Supreme Court. Many of us, naively, seemed to believe that Thomas would “do the right thing” once he had the job security of a Supreme Court appointment. Instead we have been treated to an adamantly conservative justice. He has not only been of no help to Black America, he has been a hindrance.

Senator Tim Scott has not sided with the interests of Black America. His politics are not particularly different from outgoing Senator Jim DeMint. Scott essentially embraces the politics of the tea party. He happens to have Black skin.

For understandable reasons, we of Black America are frequently willing to give another Black person who achieves high office the benefit of the doubt. We are always concerned about double standards and the sorts of racist assaults that Black elected (and appointed) officials regularly experience. This reality, however, cannot lead us to ignore the actual content of the character of such individuals. Whether the person is Tim Scott, Clarence Thomas, or for that matter, Susan Rice or Barack Obama, we need to scrutinize their politics and their policies. This means being prepared to challenge those who, regardless of their face, smile, speeches, or place of birth, advance the interests of the 1 percent over the rest of us.

Happy New Year!

Bill Fletcher Jr. is a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us” – And Twenty Other Myths About Unions.” He can be reached at papaq54@hotmail.com.



About the Author

The Philadelphia Tribune
The Philadelphia Tribune





 
 

 
hankj

#Ferguson Rep. Hank Johnson Drops Special Prosecutor Bill to Alter Grand Jury System

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) just dropped his second piece of legislation related to Ferguson and the death’s of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.   Johnson’s first bill would cut back Pentagon Program 1033.  This legisl...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
2

 
 
eric3

First #Ferguson Bill Set to Become Law: Deaths in Custody Reporting Act

First Piece of #Ferguson Related Legislation Passes Congress and Will Become Law. H.R. 1447, the Death in Custody Reporting Act, authored by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), passed the Senate (Wednesday) tonight and is on its way to be...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
1

 
 
Green6

#Ferguson on the House Floor: Rep. Al Green Places St. Louis Rams in Congressional Record

Ferguson on the House Floor: Rep. Al Green (D-TX) Salutes the Rams as he talks on race in America, the U.S. justice system and Ferguson. Rep. Green also placed the names of all five St. Louis Rams players who conducted a “...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 

Advertisement
 
ATL1

Black Friday Profits Drop 11%, Media Won’t Admit It Could Be Ferguson Boycott

Black Friday sales were expected to be 3% over what they were in 2013.  They weren’t.  They were down 11%. Was it the Ferguson protest movement — part of which centered around an economic boycott. “After day...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 
 
justice3

POTUS to Focus on Clay/Cleaver Request on Cops Using War Gear

President Obama will hold a series of meetings Monday at the White House regarding Ferguson and the many issues arising from the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Many protest r...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
1

 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>