Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Puzzle Of Black Republicans

by Adolph L. Reed, Jr. - December 18th, 2012 - New York Times

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.

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This is the usual smear job on Republicans. The writer takes the position that Republicans were not sincere when they supported civil rights, ignoring that Republicans were the founders of the abolition movement and have remained committed to equality without regard to skin color to this day. Democrats smear Republicans with their insistence that unless Republicans adopt the liberal policies preferred by the black community, they are still racists.

Any blacks who dare believe in the prinicples of individual freedom and conservative values are also smeared, as "Uncle Toms", out of touch with the values they are supposed to prefer, based on the opinion of Democrats about what they should believe.

I don't believe that Tim Scott was appointed to this position because he was black. However I accurately predicted that his appointment would not get any credit among the liberal black community, or among Democrats. They will simply use the appointment to regrugitate their standard smears of Republicans and blacks who dare to be conservative. However their positions are merely the usual Alinsky lies of the left.

They believe; Republicans are racist. Blacks in the Republican Party are tokens.

Both Democrat positions are so out of touch with reality that they leave Repubicans flabbergasted. As a result they fail to denouce them as lies. That is the real mistake. Allowing these smears to go unanswered.