This is a cautionary tale about how to spend one’s Martin Luther King day in order to truly honor his memory and dream.
You could spend it reflecting on Dr. King’s Dream:
“When Dr. King called for the day when his children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character, he issued two challenges. First, that we, as a society, end racial prejudice. The other, more personal, is that we be judged by the content of our individual character, a theme that we celebrate today.” – Governor Pat McCrory
Or we can spend it scoring political points by disparaging the only black Republican in the United States Congress:
“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy. 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.” – Reverend William Barber
I’ll be using my space at DaTechGuy’s blog tomorrow to dip deeper into the Abuse of Martin Luther King day. Stop by!
Just to drive it home, the nation caught on that a supposed Reverend of the NC NAACP – the same one leading “Moral Monday” — called the only black Republican in Congress a ventriloquist’s dummy. Multiple outlets have picked it up, many left leaning:
“On the eve of Martin Luther King Day, the president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP denounced conservatives and denigrated one of the U.S. Senate’s two black senators.”
“An influential leader of the NAACP in North Carolina recently compared Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the lone black Republican in Congress, to a ventriloquist’s dummy.”
“What better way to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. than with inflammatory language?”
“An NAACP official suggested Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black Republican in the Senate, is a GOP puppet.”
“Barber 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.’”
“The head of North Carolina’s chapter of the NAACP called Sen. Tim Scott a ‘ventriloquist dummy’ for ‘the extreme right wing’ in South Carolina, drawing a rebuke from the nation’s only black Republican senator.”
“A prominent NAACP official recognized Martin Luther King Day by labeling black senator Tim Scott a puppet for the Republican party. ‘A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,’ said Reverend William Barber II, the president of North Carolina’s NAACP chapter.”
“The president of the North Carolina NAACP chapter blasted black Republican Sen. Tim Scott in a fiery sermon on Sunday, comparing the GOP to a ventriloquist with the Republican as its ‘dummy.’”
“North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber II courted controversy over the weekend when he called Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), one of two African-American members of the U.S. Senate, a puppet.”
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.
Sister Toldjah also updated that the NC NAACP has doubled-down on their attack on Scott and links to The Right Scoop: NC NAACP doubles down, says Tim Scott can’t pay homage to Dr. King and be a conservative; TIM SCOTT RESPONDS
UPDATE: Barber won’t apologize. Blames “extremist politics” for his comments. In other words, someone else made him say it. The hilarious lack of self-awareness….
A comment he made last week in a Southern state continued to spark criticism on Wednesday.
Barber on Sunday called South Carolina’s U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, a puppet of the GOP.
“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” he said in a speech in Columbia. “The extreme right wing down here finds a black guy to be senator … and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”
The N.C. Republican Party on Wednesday called his comments “disgusting.”
Barber, at the church in Asheville, was unapologetic.
“The question is not so much having all this indignation over a metaphor,” he said. “The issue is not the problem with the metaphor. What people should have righteous indignation over is the pain and the misery that is being caused by extremist politics.”