Sen. Tim Scott responds to Uncle Tom slur by NC NAACP “leader” Bill Barber (UPDATED)
South Carolina’s “The State” news outlet published what equates to a puff piece this past weekend on the now-nationally recognized opportunistic NC NAACP President/Reverend William Barber. Barber is the so-called “leader” of the unhinged “Moral Monday” movement here in NC that has waged a vicious war against our GOP-controlled state legislature (otherwise known as the General Assembly) since former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) was sworn into the Governor’s office last January. NC Democrats, drunk on FULL power here for well over a century, are not used to being in the passenger seat and are taking the “any means necessary” approach to trying to return to their glory days where they had little to no opposition. I’ve written about both Barber and the “Moral Monday” activist left here, in case you’re curious about the back story.
Anyway, back to the puff piece, journalist John Monk reported on a “fire and thunder” speech Barber gave Sunday night at a church in Columbia, SC in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
COLUMBIA, SC — In a speech of fire and thunder Sunday evening, one of today’s best-known civil rights activists denounced what he said was narrow-minded political and religious thinking that has “put extremism on steroids.”
“We must not give up the so-called high moral ground to the right-wing extremists,” said the Rev. William Barber II, 50, president of the N.C. NAACP, to about 300 at Zion Baptist Church in downtown Columbia.
Issues such as voting, health care, environment and education “are moral issues, faith issues,” Barber said in a pre-Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech to Columbia and S.C. NAACP members and guests.
“Any profession of faith that doesn’t promote justice and standing against wrong is a form of heresy,” said Barber, adding that pastors who obsess about topics like prayer, homosexuality and abortion while neglecting justice, poverty, fair play and equality issues “are just running their mouths.”
In the past year, Barber has become one of the most publicized activists in the country as he has led growing “Moral Monday” demonstrations that have attracted thousands to protest against the Legislature in Raleigh. Hundreds, including Barber, have been arrested for acts of civil disobedience.
Yada yada blah blah. Here in NC, we’re used to hearing about Barber’s rants about how you’re an inauthentic Christian if you don’t support big government. What should have been more of a focus of Monk’s article, but of course wasn’t, were Barber’s repugnant remarks on South Carolina Senator Tim Scott:
Barber had special criticism for blacks who he said aren’t following the MLK spirit. That includes black youths who kill each other and others “who wear their pants down to their knees.”
He also singled out U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the conservative black Republican appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley.
“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber said. He said “the extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”
In other words, Senator Scott and other black conservatives who have strayed from Barber’s House of Victimhood and who dare to think differently from Democrats who continue to mindlessly parrot the Democrat party line are nothing more than ‘Uncle Toms’, a disgusting slur black Democrats have been guilty of using against go-against-the-grain thinkers like Scott for decades. Scott could have really blown up about Barber’s sickening remarks, but instead chose to keep it classy. Via Daily Caller:
“To reflect seriously on the comments a person, a pastor, that is filled with baseless and meaningless rhetoric would be to do a disservice to the very people who have sacrificed so much and paved a way,” Scott told The Daily Caller in an emailed statement. “Instead, I will honor the memory of Dr. King by being proactive in holding the door for others and serving my fellow man. And Rev. Barber will remind me and others of what not to do.”
“I did not meet him when I was failing out of high school. I did not see him on the streets of my neighborhoods where too many of my friends got off track and never recovered. I did not meet him when I was working 85 hour weeks to start my business, nor did I meet him when I was running for Congress against long odds. But who I did meet were people everywhere across this state who were willing to work hard and to help me succeed — and I them,” Scott said.
Make sure to read more of what Scott told the Daily Caller at the link above.
A couple of things: 1) Before Scott was appointed Senator by Gov. Haley, he was easily elected – twice – in SC’s District 1, which is 75% WHITE, and over 60% Republican. Barber’s insinuation is that if Scott wasn’t sent to DC courtesy of Nikki Haley voters in “white” Tea Partiers in SC would have never VOTED to send him there, which is not true. Not surprising that the Rev. is short on facts. Secondly, isn’t it kinda ironic that Barber preaches about “rising up” to make a difference socially yet he argues that it should be done using the same (failed) tactics Democrats have used for decades – all the while deriding others like Scott who think outside of the box to try and make a difference? Nothing like someone who tries to inspire you to be an “instrument of change” by pushing for policies that keep you in the same place you’re trying to escape.
Then again, maybe that’s exactly Barber’s goal, hmm?
UPDATE – 10:10 PM: Via The Right Scoop: NC NAACP doubles down, says Tim Scott can’t pay homage to Dr. King and be a conservative; TIM SCOTT RESPONDS