Writing about Scott as a “tea party favorite” Monday for the Wall Street Journal, columnist Jason L. Riley recalled a 2010 NAACP “resolution condemning ‘racist elements and activities’ in the tea party. The civil rights group also issued a report that accused the movement of giving a ‘platform to anti-Semites, racists and bigots.’”
Riley wrote that the accusations were “nonsense” and said that Scott’s rise — from his 2010 election to Congress to become the country’s only current black senator — should put such allegations to rest.
In 2010, Scott responded to allegations of racism in the tea party, telling CBN News, “There are good people and bad people in all organizations fundamentally however, when you look at the basis of the Tea Party it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with an economic recovery.”
“Certainly I feel like I’m the tip of the arrow at times because certainly the national media wants to talk about the fact that I’m a black Republican and some people think of that as zany that a black person would be a conservative but to me what is zany is any person black, white, red, brown or yellow not being a conservative,” Scott said then.
To that point, Shelton explained that black Americans, like all voters, “vote their interests.” And those interests involve an expanded role for the federal government, Shelton said.
While the NAACP doubts Scott will serve their legislative interests in almost any way, Shelton did express a sliver of hope that Scott would experience a conversion that leads him to support the organization’s agenda.
“We also believe he has a tremendous opportunity. We have seen politicians, in particular, change directions recognizing that as he moves into this larger responsibility … his voice will reverberate even louder and more prophetically,” Shelton said.
“It is important, we believe, that he recognize that awesome responsibility and perhaps what we’ll see is a change in how he votes and what he advocates for in a way more consistent the NAACP has as well,” he concluded.