Let’s Elect Tim Scott President by William Reed Columnist

If Sen. Timothy Eugene Scott is the GOP standard bearer in the 2016 presidential elections will any Black Americans vote for him? The appointment of Scott to a U.S. Senate seat representing South Carolina is the Republicans most recent example of doing everything they can to shed the perception that the party is comprised, and run by old, White men. Being anti-Republican, however, is systemic among African Americans. 

Making Scott the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction is a major step forward for the Republicans. The move made Scott the GOP’s most prominent African American. If Scott runs for president, as did Sen. Barack Obama, it’s questionable how Blacks will vote. Some Blacks are calling Scott, “another Clarence Thomas.”

Seven Blacks have served in the U.S Senate – four happened to be Republicans. The first was Hiram Revels, a Republican from Mississippi. From the Civil War to struggles for equality in the 1950s and 1960s, the Republican Party has led the way on civil rights, abolishing slavery, passing the 14th and 15th Amendments, ending Jim Crow and enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Like so many of today’s Black males, Scott was raised by a single mother. He was “lost and struggling” until a Chick-fil-A franchise owner took an interest in him. It was this relationship that taught Scott individualism and conservative values. Scott praises his mother and the late conservative entrepreneur John Moniz, for teaching him "basic Biblical business practices."

Scott is the type of Black success story most would brag about. After barely making it through high school, Scott went to college on a football scholarship, became an insurance salesman and eventually a U.S. congressman and senator. Scott’s story is akin to many Americans who struggle early in life and rise to greatness through hard work and determination.

Scott is a Black role model, unfortunately, many of the opportunities Scott was able to take advantage of are not available today. Prior to being elected to Congress in 2010, Scott served on the Charleston County Council for 13 years, including four terms as chairman and in the South Carolina House of Representatives for two years where he was elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip. He owned Tim Scott Allstate and was a partner in Pathway Real Estate Group.

African-American U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, South Carolina’s only Democratic congressman says, “I am confident Tim Scott will represent South Carolina and the country honorably.”  The South Carolina African-American Chamber of Commerce says, “he brings a unique – and badly-needed perspective – to Washington.” The 47-year-old-Scott is a Tea Party conservative and isn’t married, making South Carolina the only state in the Union with two unmarried senators. Lindsey Graham is the other.

Scott is long on Biblical values and, in 1997, supported having the Ten Commandments posted outside county council chambers. Scott replaces Sen. Jim DeMint, an influential conservative and Tea Party favorite, who resigned to become president of the Heritage Foundation. DeMint took over the conservative think tank from Heritage founder Ed Fuelner, whose million dollar salary in 2010 was 10 times DeMint’s $174,000 annual Senate salary.

Scott’s appointment was an adept and “smooth move” on the part of Republicans.  The move means that this new breed of Republicans are  consulting veteran Black Republicans such as strategist Raynard Jackson who says, “Republicans will not gain significant Black support unless they take policy positions that advance core Black interests African Americans need  capitalism and conservative values, and Scott is a great vehicle.”

Prior to Scott, only six Blacks have served in the U.S. Senate. They were two Mississippians – Revels who served in 1870 – 1874 and Blanche Bruce who served from 1875 to 1881; Edward Brooke of Massachusetts from 1967 to 1979; Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois from 1993 to 1999; Barack Obama of Illinois from 2005 until he resigned after his presidential election in 2008; and Roland Burris, who was appointed to replace Obama and served until November 2010.

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org)

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TUESDAY. JANUARY 1, 2013. AMERICA GOES OVER THE FISCAL CLIFF! REPUBLICANS RAISE TAXES ON EVERYBODY!

Eric Smith

Man, I can’t wait to see tomorrow’s headline. TUESDAY. JANUARY 1, 2013. AMERICA GOES OVER THE FISCAL CLIFF! REPUBLICANS RAISE TAXES ON EVERYBODY!

Curmilus Butch Dancy II

But the sad part the local everyday, middle class and other die hard RACIST still don’t get it or they are in denial. But I guess they think they are exempt but they are going to get it tomorrow when their taxes are higher.

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Gov. Perdue Signs Historic Pardon of Innocence for the Wilmington 10 Press Release From The NAACP NC

 

NC NAACP Letterhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

31 December 2012

 

For More Information:           Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                                Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

                                                Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair, 919-381-0856

 

Gov. Perdue Signs Historic Pardon of Innocence for the Wilmington 10

NAACP News Conference Held in Raleigh December 31, 2012

at Martin Street Baptist Church

 

RALEIGH – "Today the spirit of justice was awakened in the Capitol of North Carolina," said Rev. Barber. "Governor Beverly Perdue has signed a Pardon of Innocence for nine men and one woman known as ‘The Wilmington 10.’ These young people were non-violent protestors fighting for educational equality. They were framed, wrongfully convicted and incarcerated in connection to a fire bombing in Wilmington, NC over 40 years ago. These unjust convictions were due to racist manipulation of the court system and extraordinary and blatant racially motivated prosecutorial misconduct. A Federal Court overturned these convictions over 30 years ago but until today, NC had fallen short. In the last few days of her governorship, Governor Perdue has walked us into a season of epiphany."

 

            "In this season, NC has finally had a revelation and with this revelation comes a continued need for redemption and repentance from the stain of injustice. Not only will the civil rights and human rights communities honor this act, but history itself will record this day as groundbreaking. On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Governor Perdue has proclaimed a contemporary emancipation for these freedom fighters, Benjamin Chavis, Connie Tindall, Marvin Patrick, Wayne Moore, Reginald Epps, Jerry Jacobs, James McKoy, Willie Earl Vereen, William Wright, Jr., and Ann Shepard, whose fight for justice will never be forgotten. These pardons are not only for North Carolina but also for the nation and for the world. We honor the Governor’s noble, courageous and righteous decision today and we commend her heart’s steadfast commitment to justice."

 

            Special thanks is extended to: The National Newspaper Publishers Association, The Wilmington Journal, Attorney James Ferguson, Attorney Irving Joyner, Attorney Al McSurely, Cash Michaels, Marry Thatch, Dr. Timothy Tyson, officers and members of the NAACP, and the thousands of persons who signed petitions, prayed and pushed for this dream to become reality.

 

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House Won’t Vote Before Midnight On ‘Cliff’ Deal – WITN

The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

House Republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote Monday evening on other bills. They say that will be their only votes of the day.

President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Monday they are near a deal to avoid wide-ranging tax increases and spending cuts — the fiscal cliff — that take effect with the new year. (More)

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Breaking News – Gov. Perdue issues Pardon of Innocence for Wilmington 10

Response: It has been a long time coming. It is just a damn shame how black folks have endured such racist happenings back in the day. Now this was in my life time I was born in 1962 and this happened in 1971. And some black folks act as if they have arrived. How in the hell can you do that when your brothers and sisters have suffered these types of injustices like the Wilmington 10.

I am honored to have been the 1st Vice President of the Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP in 1993 when Benjamin Chavis former National NAACP Executive Director came to Greenville North Carolina for our State Convention. I took a picture with him along with Andre Knight and Lewis Turner. I had the picture enlarged to hang on my wall.

Lewis Turner was married to Ann Shepard in the 70’s.

Thank you Governor Perdue for doing the right thing.

Just spoke to Lewis Turner and he gave me some history about what happened during the time of Ann Shepard going to jail. He will share what they had to do about her children during her transition to jail. Going to meet with him on tomorrow to do a DVD.

Curmilus Dancy II
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RALEIGH, N.C. –Outgoing North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue issued pardons Monday to the Wilmington 10, a group wrongly convicted 40 years ago in a notorious Civil Rights-era prosecution that led to accusations that the state was holding political prisoners.

Perdue issued pardons of innocence Monday for the nine black men and one white woman who were given prison sentences totaling nearly 300 years for the 1971 firebombing of a Wilmington grocery store after police shot a black teenager. (More)

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Gov-Elect McCrory and NC NAACP President Barber Meet in Raleigh Friday, Dec. 28th

 

NC NAACP Letterhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

30 December 2012

 

For More Information:           Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                                Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

                                                Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair, 919-381-0856

 

Gov-Elect McCrory and NC NAACP President Barber 

Meet in Raleigh Friday, Dec. 28th

 

            Governor-Elect Pat McCrory and Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the NC NAACP, exchanged views and hopes on Friday. The two leaders were joined by Ms. Carolyn Coleman, First Vice President of the NC NAACP from Greensboro, and Ms. Sylvia Barnes, State Secretary of the NC NAACP. Thomas Stith, Governor-Elect McCrory’s Chief of Staff, arranged the meeting.

 

The Governor-Elect expressed his concerns about jobs, the economy, and education. Dr. Barber and Ms. Coleman, members of the National Board of the NAACP, talked about the national and state NAACP’s commitment to protecting voting rights; economic sustainability; addressing poverty, unemployment, and fair tax reform that does not balance budgets on the backs of the poor; labor rights, living wages, and minority access to state contracts; access to high quality, well-funded, constitutional, diverse education for all children; fair treatment of immigrant children; health care for all; reforming and changing disparities in the criminal justice system; ending the prison pipeline; and equal rights for all North Carolinians.

 

            The two leaders committed to meet again after McCrory is sworn in as Governor. "We will bring a representative team from the NAACP and the HKonJ Coalition," Barber said.

           

Six years ago, Dr. Barber and hundreds of other activists formed a multiracial coalition, Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition around a detailed 14-point Legislative Agenda to dismantle the systems of poverty and racism. It will gather for the seventh year in Raleigh on February 9, 2013 and is now made up of over 140 partner organizations.

 

           The NAACP leaders invited Mr. McCrory to attend the State NAACP annual Winter Meeting in Raleigh on January 26, 2013, attended by members and friends from the over 120 NAACP adult, youth and college units in North Carolina.

 

         "Governing our large, beautiful, diverse state is not easy," Barber said. "We have great hope that Gov. McCrory will lead the way in governing for ‘the good of the whole.’ The NAACP will always work with our elected officials to fulfill their constitutional pledge to govern in the interest of all North Carolinians."

  

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Is Hospitalized With Blood Clot

Response: Can’t wait to see how the die hard racist especially Sandra Smith at WHIG-TV who said Clinton was faking the concussion because of the Benghazi hearing. It is so sad these folks like Sandra are racist to the bone and don’t mind showing it.

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was hospitalized on Sunday with a blood clot stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier this month, a State Department spokesman said.

Mrs. Clinton, who canceled most of her public events in recent weeks because of her concussion, was at a follow-up exam Sunday when doctors discovered a blood clot, according to Philippe Reines, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton. (More)

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