10 Racist Attacks On Tim Scott From So-Called Progressives
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott delivered the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s first joint address to Congress Wednesday, offering a firm rebuke to the left’s vilification of the United States as an irredeemably racist empire built for the purpose to oppress.
“Just before COVID, we had the most inclusive economy in my lifetime,” Scott said, touting record progress for minorities in a nation millions continue to seek refuge in from around the globe.
The lowest unemployment ever recorded for African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans. The lowest for women in nearly 70 years. Wages were growing faster for the bottom 25 percent than the top 25 percent. That happened because Republicans focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans.
Leftist online keyboard warriors, however, were less than enthusiastic that a black senator dissented from their claim that all black people and minorities are oppressed by a Republican Party supposedly infected with white supremacy.
The words “Uncle Tim” began trending on Twitter, tying Scott to the pre-Civil War slave character “Uncle Tom” in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1850s abolition book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” “Uncle Tom” is used as a slur against black people. Yet the racially offensive trend was amplified by Twitter in its trending topics for hours following the speech.
In his speech, Scott addressed racist smears he dealt with in his youth, sharing again the story of his family’s rise from cotton to Congress in one lifetime, a history “fact-checked” by the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler who combed through Scott’s bloodline and called on the senator to check his poor farming family’s “privilege.”
“I have experienced the pain of discrimination. I know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason, to be followed around the store while I’m shopping,” Scott said.
I’ve also experienced a different time of intolerance. I get called ‘Uncle Tom’ and the N-word by progressives, by liberals. Just last week, a national newspaper suggested my family’s poverty was actually privileged because a relative owned land generations before my time. Believe me, I know first-hand our healing is not finished.
Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.