The NAACP’s mission statement is the following: “The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educations, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.”
So one would think that the organizations would be proud of the fact that–17 days ago–Tim Scott was elected as South Carolina’s senator in an absolute walk, taking home 61 percent of the vote. All told, Scott tallied 749,266 votes that day in the Palmetto State. Do you know how many the Co-Champ (along with John McCain, Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin) of the Sunday Talk Show circuit–Lindsay Graham–captured? 665,055. In doing so, Scott became the first African-American senator to be elected from the South since Reconstruction.
Oh, and before making the claim that Scott is obviously an “Uncle Tom” or was someone born with a silver spoon in his mouth, it should be noted he grew up in poverty and was raised only by his mother. So this wasn’t a very big deal in terms of advancement or anything…
So the obvious questions are: When will Sen. Scott be invited to address NAACP members? Is 1-800-Flowers appropriate here? Who from the organization has called to congratulate him on this historic victory? Actually, a call wouldn’t suffice here given the weight of the moment…so who flew to South Carolina to meet with Scott to discuss how his hard work and determination can be used to inspire black youth, where the unemployment rate is–according to the Labor Department–over 21 percent?
The answers: A) He won’t; B) They are…but he won’t be receiving any; C) Nobody; D) Nobody.
Mia Love — the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah — and Will Hurd of Texas were both elected to Congress on November 4 as well.
Right on cue: No call, no flowers, no acknowledgement whatsoever from the NAACP, placing these three into the same “they don’t really count” category as the likes of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and likely-future-presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. The argument advocating this silence says a black Republican doesn’t fall in line with NAACP policy stances. OK…so the organization should simply change the mission statement to include that perspective. But it hasn’t and it won’t.
But the NAACP did release this touching statement the day on November 5th: “This election was not about who won but rather the citizens who lost the right to participate.”
It’s now 17 days after a big election in this country, and especially big for three African-Americans. The NAACP could have solidified its own mission statement of ensuring political rights by holding up Scott, Love and Hurd as examples of achieving the kind of equality it claims to strive for.
Instead, it commits about the most immature act it can in this situation:
It stays silent.
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