Below is a link to a recent post by Jim Lawrence, D&C Editorial Editor, showing clear bias towards recent Senate appointee Tim Scott.
This is unfortunate, as others in leadership at the D&C are trying to build an environment for healthy discussions on race. How long will the D&C stay in a position of having the personal bias of a few in leadership discredit the objectives of the establishment?
Text of piece:
“Frankly, I should have done a little more reading up on Rep. Tim Scott before this post. I should at least give him the benefit of a doubt.
But instead, I’m going based on my gut feelings about Scott, and what his appointment as the first African American Republican senator from the South since Reconstruction means.
First, let me be clear: This is a major breakthrough.
The problem, however, is that it may be one of those like the appointment of Michael Steele as chairman of the Republican National Committee shortly after President Obama’s election in 2008.
In other words, I’m getting the feeling that here we go again: Republicans, who desperately need to demonstrate to the nation that they’re open to diversity in their camp after the shellacking they took last month, may be up to their same old, tired shell game.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley this week named Scott, who is completing his first term in the House, to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Jim DeMint, who is resigning to head up a conservative think-tank.
Yes, Scott is a conservative, like DeMint. For me that isn’t a problem. After all, I doubt seriously if Scott would have even been considered if he didn’t have solid conservative credentials.
But what worries me is that Scott is of the Tea Party ilk, and as such, he’s not even open to dealing with people who see the world differently. It’s telling, for instance, that Scott has refused to join the Congressional Black Caucus.
Of course, hooking up with the CBC shouldn’t be a litmus test for black members of Congress, but someone with Scott’s conservative views should at least be at the table for discussions on issues affecting African Americans. In other words, this guy doesn’t sound like someone willing to work across the aisle.
Anyway, I’m going to do some more reading up on Rep. Scott. In the meantime, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that he isn’t someone the South Carolina GOP decided to keep DeMint’s seat warm until a special election is held in two years while trying to reap any benefits from appearing to be, let’s just say, diversity-sensitive.”