For a long time, I've highlighted the bigotry that seems to exist in the African American community because black conservatives are called names and treated as outcasts simply because of their political beliefs.
The latest example of this appalling treatment is NAACP official Rev. William Barber referring to Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott as a “ventriloquist dummy” for Republicans. Barber is upset that Senator Scott “articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”
First of all, it is clear that many liberals including Rev. Barber do not understand the Tea Party agenda of freedom and limited government. It seems as though people have an ill-informed understanding of the Tea Party, based more on a bias liberal construct rather than the actual principles its supporters are advocating. You would think that freedom and limited government would be uniting principles, but they are overshadowed by the liberal projection of racism and bigotry.
Rev. Barber made this comment about Senator Scott weeks ago, and he has yet to apologize and the NAACP has yet to condemn him for the remarks. You, the listeners, have voted on Hannity.com and 93 percent of you believe that Reverend Barber should be fired from the NAACP for his remarks.
The NAACP does not have an “L” included in its name; it is not supposed to simply represent liberal African Americans but the advancement of all. However it appears as though conservative minorities are excluded from this. Why is this the case?
Senator Scott has addressed Rev. Barber's comments, and he explains that his message of individual responsibility and the opportunities afforded by a free enterprise system frighten the left. He came on Hannity earlier this week and explained his message of opportunity. He said, “the fact that we have kids all over this country that are listening to these so-called leaders talking about other leaders and unfortunately what those kids walk away with is that 'if I step out of line, if I think for myself, if I'm not a part of a monolithic thinking community that I'm somehow ostracized, kicked out and not relevant to the future of that community.' That's just ridiculous."
Earlier in the week, David Webb attended an NAACP rally and one of the things he did was ask participants about the Tea Party. He wanted to find out what examples people could offer to support this pervasive belief that the Tea Party is racist. They couldn't come up with one specific example. That's because there is none! Their beliefs are based on empty messaging from liberal leaders rather than facts.
By any measure, Senator Scott's story and message should be inspiring. If the true purpose of the NAACP is to “ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination,” as it says in its mission statement, then Senator Scott should be celebrated rather than denigrated.
The NAACP needs to step up and live up to its mission. The attack on Senator Scott and the disparaging comments directed towards other black conservatives has gone too far. It has reached a point of critical mass and it has gone on long enough.