Two extraordinary things happened on the Senate floor yesterday; both were speeches given by sitting U.S. senators. The first was a demonstration of hyperbole that would make Edgar Allen Poe jealous. Then, in an odd twist of irony, the second speech provided partial validity of the first.
What were the two speeches?
The first speech was given by Florida senator, Bill Nelson. Senator Nelson, a Democrat, stayed consistent with the Democratic Party’s new theme of calling Americans racist, sexist, homophobic, misogynistic, Islamaphobic, privileged bigots. Only yesterday, Senator Nelson decided to ramp things up a notch. Nelson claimed that, “despite the passage of time” we are just as racist as we were in 1963.
1963 is particularly significant because it was the year prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places, banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, and paved the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It’s a bill Democrats tried desperately to block — even launching a filibuster that lasted 54 days in an effort to prevent its passage. The bill passed on June 10, 1964 when Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), Congress’ last KKK-affiliated member. completed a 14-hour filibustering address opposing the legislation.
In spite of the fact Americans twice voted a black man to the presidency; despite the fact we have about fifty members in the Congressional Black Caucus; despite two consecutive black Secretaries of State, and two consecutive black Attorneys General; despite blacks having made significant advances in all walks of life and professions — black doctors, lawyers, astronauts, performers, teachers plus much, much more — according to Nelson and the Democrats, things today aren’t much better than they were prior to passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (that Democrats tried to stop.)
Then, in a twist of fate, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) unintentionally provided some validity to Senator Nelson’s claim.
Senator Scott, who has been a frequent target of racism and racist banter, took to the podium and did something amazing: he actually read aloud some of the racist hate mail he’s received. Guess who the source of such racist, hate-driven mail is? The kind, loving, tolerant, inclusive, champions-for-blacks liberal left:
“If you sign up to be a black conservative, the chances are very high you will be attacked,” the Republican from South Carolina stated. “It comes with the territory, and I’ve had it for 20 years, two decades, but my friends and my staff, they’re not used to the level of animus that comes in from the liberal left…”
Racially-charged attacks are nothing new for Senator Scott, having drawn the ire of the NAACP, and called a “ventriloquist’s dummy” by outspoken NAACP chapter president William Barber just last year.
Scott went on to describe some of the hate mail his Chief of Staff, Jennifer DeCasper, also received — and added that out of 100 Senators, DeCasper is one of only two black chiefs of staff, both of whom work for Republicans. Senator Scott added, “I left out all the ones that used the n-word. I just felt like that would not be appropriate.”
When you’re a black conservative — and especially one with a national profile such as Allen West, Ben Carson, Mia Love, Tim Scott, Star Parker, Alveda King and others — you get used to being attacked because of your skin color. But as we all can testify to, we attend dozens, if not hundreds, of conservative events each year, and never, EVER endure a single racist comment. We are loved, appreciated, and accepted on the basis of the content of our characters.
Yet we do endure racism. Daily we are attacked and called the vilest of racist names. One hundred percent of those attacks come from the liberal left in America. Many liberals seem to believe that if a black person doesn’t agree with them, or doesn’t think the way they believe we should, then somehow that makes calling that black person a n****r okay.
They seem to think they succeeded in 1964.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]