The one black Senator

The Senate finally has an African-American member.  He is a conservative Republican.  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) announced  she will appoint Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to the Senate, taking the place of Sen. Jim DeMint, who is leaving to head the Heritage Foundation.  Scott is a Tea Party favorite.  See Nikki Haley appoints Rep. Tim Scott to Senate.

Meanwhile, the NAACP is expressing “major concern” about the appointment, since Scott is a small-government conservative.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SKPeterson

    Somehow I don’t think this will make “Being Liberal’s” Facebook page.

  • SKPeterson

    Somehow I don’t think this will make “Being Liberal’s” Facebook page.

  • Michael B.

    I wonder what percentage of blacks would vote for him nationally. I suppose many Blacks feel about him being a representative of them as we would feel about Al Sharpton being a representative for Christianity.

  • Michael B.

    I wonder what percentage of blacks would vote for him nationally. I suppose many Blacks feel about him being a representative of them as we would feel about Al Sharpton being a representative for Christianity.

  • Kirk

    Wait, I’m confused. I thought we didn’t like race politics, yet we seemed perturbed that black people aren’t supporting a black senator that doesn’t represent their views just because he’s black…

  • Kirk

    Wait, I’m confused. I thought we didn’t like race politics, yet we seemed perturbed that black people aren’t supporting a black senator that doesn’t represent their views just because he’s black…

  • mikeb

    I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

  • mikeb

    I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

  • Carl Vehse

    Well, someone has supported Tim Scott to be elected twice as U.S. representative, as well as his past election as a member of the South Carolina General Assembly and the Charleston County Council.

    Of course, Tim Scott will have the full support of the Senate Black Caucus committee leadership.

  • Carl Vehse

    Well, someone has supported Tim Scott to be elected twice as U.S. representative, as well as his past election as a member of the South Carolina General Assembly and the Charleston County Council.

    Of course, Tim Scott will have the full support of the Senate Black Caucus committee leadership.

  • Carl Vehse

    I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where a chicken can cross the road without having its motives questioned.

  • Carl Vehse

    I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where a chicken can cross the road without having its motives questioned.

  • rlewer

    The non-partisan NAACP which represents all black people decides that anyone that is not a liberal Democrat is not black.

    On the other hand, a man who is only half black and was raised by white grandparents and a white mother is the ideal of blackness.

  • rlewer

    The non-partisan NAACP which represents all black people decides that anyone that is not a liberal Democrat is not black.

    On the other hand, a man who is only half black and was raised by white grandparents and a white mother is the ideal of blackness.

  • SAL

    Scott has put always put his American identity ahead of any divisive racial identity. In that spirit I’d hope Republicans would be countercultural to our tribal times and just treat Scott as another Senator not an icon.

    We need some group in America that isn’t race obsessed.

  • SAL

    Scott has put always put his American identity ahead of any divisive racial identity. In that spirit I’d hope Republicans would be countercultural to our tribal times and just treat Scott as another Senator not an icon.

    We need some group in America that isn’t race obsessed.

  • Kirk

    @7

    Funny, I can’t seem to find any statement by the NAACP that suggest Scott isn’t black. Quite to the contrary, in fact. They just say that he doesn’t represent the organizations views, which is true.

  • Kirk

    @7

    Funny, I can’t seem to find any statement by the NAACP that suggest Scott isn’t black. Quite to the contrary, in fact. They just say that he doesn’t represent the organizations views, which is true.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Right.

    So the National Association for the ADVANCEMENT of COLORED PEOPLE thinks that a person who has achieved success and advancement as a colored person doesn’t represent the organization’s view.

    Yes, I see.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Right.

    So the National Association for the ADVANCEMENT of COLORED PEOPLE thinks that a person who has achieved success and advancement as a colored person doesn’t represent the organization’s view.

    Yes, I see.

  • Kirk

    @10

    Well then, I suppose the Chamber of Commerce should advance Warren Buffet’s views on taxing the rich because Warren Buffet participates a lot in commerce! Right!?

    Or, is it conceivable that a member of a particular demographic might hold views contrary to the majority of other people in his demographic and, therefore lack their support. Like, as in maybe the NAACP doesn’t support Scott’s views because 95% of black people don’t agree with them and don’t feel that his policies will actually advance colored people.

  • Kirk

    @10

    Well then, I suppose the Chamber of Commerce should advance Warren Buffet’s views on taxing the rich because Warren Buffet participates a lot in commerce! Right!?

    Or, is it conceivable that a member of a particular demographic might hold views contrary to the majority of other people in his demographic and, therefore lack their support. Like, as in maybe the NAACP doesn’t support Scott’s views because 95% of black people don’t agree with them and don’t feel that his policies will actually advance colored people.

  • DonS

    It was a very good appointment. Kirk, we keep hearing that opposing President Obama is racist. No matter that we are simply opposing his political principles. We’re just tired of the double standard.

  • DonS

    It was a very good appointment. Kirk, we keep hearing that opposing President Obama is racist. No matter that we are simply opposing his political principles. We’re just tired of the double standard.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com tODD

    Veith said:

    The Senate finally has an African-American member.

    Yes, finally. As long as you don’t count the two back in the late 1800s, Edward William Brooke III, Carol Moseley Braun, Roland Burris, Tim Scott, or … that other guy. Whatshisname. You know, pretty tall, black … went on to become President. Dang, it’s completely skipped my mind.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com tODD

    Veith said:

    The Senate finally has an African-American member.

    Yes, finally. As long as you don’t count the two back in the late 1800s, Edward William Brooke III, Carol Moseley Braun, Roland Burris, Tim Scott, or … that other guy. Whatshisname. You know, pretty tall, black … went on to become President. Dang, it’s completely skipped my mind.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com tODD

    Rlewer began his comment (@7):

    The non-partisan NAACP which represents all black people …

    Oh hello, Straw Man! Welcome back!

    Seriously, if you want to make a statement about the NAACP’s mission, why not actually bother to read their mission statement — which, you may note, does not claim that they attempt to “represent all black people”.

    Pity. He was such a friendly straw man, too!

    On the other hand, a man who is only half black and was raised by white grandparents and a white mother is the ideal of blackness.

    See, when you make up crap like that, it kinda seems like it’s you that has race issues, not the NAACP. Not that I’m claiming they’re free of bias. But if you want to claim that they are, in fact, biased, you might want to try quoting something they’ve actually said? Just a thought?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com tODD

    Rlewer began his comment (@7):

    The non-partisan NAACP which represents all black people …

    Oh hello, Straw Man! Welcome back!

    Seriously, if you want to make a statement about the NAACP’s mission, why not actually bother to read their mission statement — which, you may note, does not claim that they attempt to “represent all black people”.

    Pity. He was such a friendly straw man, too!

    On the other hand, a man who is only half black and was raised by white grandparents and a white mother is the ideal of blackness.

    See, when you make up crap like that, it kinda seems like it’s you that has race issues, not the NAACP. Not that I’m claiming they’re free of bias. But if you want to claim that they are, in fact, biased, you might want to try quoting something they’ve actually said? Just a thought?

  • rlewer

    What is made up? Obama is really only half black. He was abandoned by his father and raised by his mother and grandparents. What is not true about that?

    Thank you for admitting that the NAACP does not represent black people. Or do they try to say they represent black people?
    Which is true? Can you have it both ways?

  • rlewer

    What is made up? Obama is really only half black. He was abandoned by his father and raised by his mother and grandparents. What is not true about that?

    Thank you for admitting that the NAACP does not represent black people. Or do they try to say they represent black people?
    Which is true? Can you have it both ways?

  • DonS

    rlewer @ 15: I think, technically, the NAACP represents “Colored People”. Correct me if I am wrong. For their Advancement.

    And don’t forget. Unless a person of color thinks the right way, they are merely a token.

  • DonS

    rlewer @ 15: I think, technically, the NAACP represents “Colored People”. Correct me if I am wrong. For their Advancement.

    And don’t forget. Unless a person of color thinks the right way, they are merely a token.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Wow. So a man believing in more power to individuals is a “concern” to the NAACP?

    Says something, don’t ‘cha think?

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Wow. So a man believing in more power to individuals is a “concern” to the NAACP?

    Says something, don’t ‘cha think?

  • Kirk

    I for one am shocked, SHOCKED!, to find out that the NAACP is liberal.

  • Kirk

    I for one am shocked, SHOCKED!, to find out that the NAACP is liberal.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com tODD

    Rlewer (@15), keep digging.

    You claimed:
    (1) the NAACP (claims to?) “represent all black people”
    (2) the NAACP “decides” who is “black”
    (3) the NAACP (apparently?) decides who is “the ideal of blackness”

    I’d ask you to back up any or all of those assertions, but I think we both know how that’s going to go.

    You also said to me:

    Thank you for admitting that the NAACP does not represent black people.

    Reading comprehension, people! It’s not just for kids.

    Here, I’ll give you a clue (so that you’ll have one): the NAACP does represent black people. It does not claim to represent all of them. I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to draw the Venn diagram.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com tODD

    Rlewer (@15), keep digging.

    You claimed:
    (1) the NAACP (claims to?) “represent all black people”
    (2) the NAACP “decides” who is “black”
    (3) the NAACP (apparently?) decides who is “the ideal of blackness”

    I’d ask you to back up any or all of those assertions, but I think we both know how that’s going to go.

    You also said to me:

    Thank you for admitting that the NAACP does not represent black people.

    Reading comprehension, people! It’s not just for kids.

    Here, I’ll give you a clue (so that you’ll have one): the NAACP does represent black people. It does not claim to represent all of them. I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to draw the Venn diagram.

  • http://steadfastlutherans.org/ SAL

    I’m not sure I understand the continued reason for NAACP.

    How much more advanced do you get than Obama, Oprah and Stanley O’Neal (CEO of Merrill Lynch).

    Advancement isn’t an issue in America for qualified blacks. The problem is social decay leaving many blacks unable to even compete in legitimate society.

    The NAACP needn’t be irrelevant if it lead an attack on the ghetto culture that leaves many American ethnic groups unable to cope with modern life.

  • http://steadfastlutherans.org/ SAL

    I’m not sure I understand the continued reason for NAACP.

    How much more advanced do you get than Obama, Oprah and Stanley O’Neal (CEO of Merrill Lynch).

    Advancement isn’t an issue in America for qualified blacks. The problem is social decay leaving many blacks unable to even compete in legitimate society.

    The NAACP needn’t be irrelevant if it lead an attack on the ghetto culture that leaves many American ethnic groups unable to cope with modern life.

  • George

    Oh! Looks like Gene Veith and RLewer just got stadled! Poor tODD didn’t suspect that Gene was probably referring to the previous several years of the senate, and not its entire history.

    I am introducing a new vocabulary word, ‘stadle’, to the Cranach blog.
    stadle: verb. to strut around victoriously immediately following the use of an erroneous argument
    stadling: present participle of stadle
    stadler: one who engages in stadling
    stadled: past participle, past tense of stadle

  • George

    Oh! Looks like Gene Veith and RLewer just got stadled! Poor tODD didn’t suspect that Gene was probably referring to the previous several years of the senate, and not its entire history.

    I am introducing a new vocabulary word, ‘stadle’, to the Cranach blog.
    stadle: verb. to strut around victoriously immediately following the use of an erroneous argument
    stadling: present participle of stadle
    stadler: one who engages in stadling
    stadled: past participle, past tense of stadle

  • Pete

    I’ve always been just a bit bumfuzzled by this whole “colored people” thing, anyway. I mean, who are the non-colored people? They’d have to be invisible, right. Just sayin’. And an organization with a faulty premise is.. well.. an organization with a faulty premise. Much like what SAL said @20.

  • Pete

    I’ve always been just a bit bumfuzzled by this whole “colored people” thing, anyway. I mean, who are the non-colored people? They’d have to be invisible, right. Just sayin’. And an organization with a faulty premise is.. well.. an organization with a faulty premise. Much like what SAL said @20.

  • Michael B.

    @Pete

    Imagine being foreign and trying to understand all this. I remember this conversation I had with an international student many years ago. I was trying to explain how calling someone colored was considered offensive, but it was okay if they called themselves that. Also, the term “person of color” was considered okay. I heard one person even call that phrase “empowering”.

  • Michael B.

    @Pete

    Imagine being foreign and trying to understand all this. I remember this conversation I had with an international student many years ago. I was trying to explain how calling someone colored was considered offensive, but it was okay if they called themselves that. Also, the term “person of color” was considered okay. I heard one person even call that phrase “empowering”.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com tODD

    SAL said (@20):

    I’m not sure I understand the continued reason for NAACP.

    And I’m going to posit that that’s because pretty much the only thing you know about the NAACP concerns the words underlying the abbreviation. Seriously, have you even at least bothered to read their mission statement, for starters?

    But yes, let’s make sure that we confine our entire discussion about the NAACP to an inspection of the words “colored people”. I’m sure that will prove enlightening.

    After all, everything I learned about Lutheranism I discovered by looking at the word: “Luther” + “an”. Ah!

    George (@21), thank you for your valuable contribution to this conversation.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com tODD

    SAL said (@20):

    I’m not sure I understand the continued reason for NAACP.

    And I’m going to posit that that’s because pretty much the only thing you know about the NAACP concerns the words underlying the abbreviation. Seriously, have you even at least bothered to read their mission statement, for starters?

    But yes, let’s make sure that we confine our entire discussion about the NAACP to an inspection of the words “colored people”. I’m sure that will prove enlightening.

    After all, everything I learned about Lutheranism I discovered by looking at the word: “Luther” + “an”. Ah!

    George (@21), thank you for your valuable contribution to this conversation.

  • Pete

    tODD’s admonition to read the mission statement of the NAACP is a good one – as his admonitions tend to be. I’ve done that, and am pleased to report that the NAACP will likely be disbanding soon, having met all of its stated objectives. For example: “To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens”. Once they figure out how to get a few more people of non-color into the NBA they’ll have accomplished all of these and then they can then go home and find some other self-solving problem to work on.

  • Pete

    tODD’s admonition to read the mission statement of the NAACP is a good one – as his admonitions tend to be. I’ve done that, and am pleased to report that the NAACP will likely be disbanding soon, having met all of its stated objectives. For example: “To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens”. Once they figure out how to get a few more people of non-color into the NBA they’ll have accomplished all of these and then they can then go home and find some other self-solving problem to work on.


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