Saturday, January 5, 2013

What makes Tim Scott 'anti-civil rights'?

Like many fellow Republicans, the history-making African-American senator flunked the NAACP's scorecard. But why?

How is it possible for South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the first African-American from the Deep South since Reconstruction to become a U.S. Senator, to get written off by the nation’s oldest civil rights group as anti-civil rights?

“We have Republicans who believe in civil rights. Unfortunately, he is not one of them.” That’s exactly how Ben Jealous, the NAACP president, described the black man that the state’s governor, Nikki Haley, a member of an ethnic minority herself, appointed to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate.

Curious, I wanted to know how Scott drew an “F” on the NAACP’s legislative report card. Online, I found the NAACP’s latest assessment of the 112th Congress (January to December 2011). Scott was not alone; he flunked the NAACP’s scorecard with an “F” along with more than 55% of his colleagues in the House of Representatives. On the Senate side, the NAACP flunked 46% of the nation's elected officials.

No surprise that half the House and Senate are civil rights failures in the minds of today's NAACP, because to the organization, "civil rights ideals" may as well read "liberal dogma."

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