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If there is one thing the Democrat Party cannot stand it is black Americans who dare to not vote for Democrats and their policies.
They go on television and preach about inclusion and diversity but when it comes time to show that they are accepting of other viewpoints they consistently fail.
On Saturday, progressive MSNBC host Tiffany Scott, a black woman, took Republican Sen. Tim Scott to task for his rebuttal to Joe Biden’s address before Congress.
— The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross (@CrossConnection) May 1, 2021
In her screed against the only black Republican in the Senate she called him a “token” and a “clown.”
She played a clip from Michael Harriot in which he said, “Can anyone name a political social or economic institution in America where widespread disparities and discrimination does not exist? Don’t worry, I’ll wait.”
There was not likely to be any answer that Harriot would have accepted other than saying that the United States is fundamentally racist, and he was not going to get any pushback from Cross.
“Such a great question from my friend, The Root’s Michael Harriot. And I actually have an answer: The hollow institution that resides inside Republican Senator Tim Scott’s head. No racism there. And apparently no sense either,” she said.
“This week, the sole Black Republican in the Senate sounded a stone fool when he said this: ‘Hear me clearly, America is not a racist country.’
“Okay let’s be clear. Tim Scott does not represent any constituency other than the small number of sleepy slow-witted sufferers of Stockholm Syndrome who get elevated to prominence for repeating a false narrative about this country that makes conservative white people feel comfortable.
“Because when you speak uncomfortable truths, like Nikole Hannah Jones, the party that Scott claims is not racist gets big mad and tries to silence you. Just this week, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell asked Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to stop teaching the 1619 Project in schools because it would ‘reorient the view of American history,’” the host said.
“Lucky for McConnell, he has his own tap dancer to try and reorient the view of America for him.
“There were so many contradictions in the senator’s speech that it was clear not even Scott believed the words he was speaking. I could go into great detail refuting each of his asinine points, but he did that for me.
“And moreover, a lesson I’ve learned: Don’t argue with people Harriet Tubman would have left behind,” she said.
“And sure, Tim Scott has spoken out about his encounters with law enforcement and he co-sponsored the anti-lynching bill in the Senate, but there are two sides to every token.
“So thirsty for white approval, this dude actually stood on the national stage to defend the voter suppression law in Georgia even though, as of last month, 361 bills were being introduced in 47 states to keep people who look like him out of the ballot box.
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“The ability to shame the ancestors and appease the oppressors in one speech, that’s extreme. Though not quite like the domestic violent extremism that the Department of Homeland security is investigating within its own ranks, mind you. But please senator, say more about how unracist the country is while you trot out that tired line about going from cotton to Congress to clown,” Cross said.
“Perhaps this was merely Senator Scott’s audition to be Sam Jackson’s understudy in the film Django, because as a descendant of the enslaved, and damn near a daily survivor of institutional racism, I can assure you the question “Is America a racist country?” is one that has been asked and answered many times over.
“Yet we still love America, not for what it was, but for what it could be.
“On this one, you’re not only in the wrong side of the aisle, Senator Scott, but you’re embarrassingly on the wrong side of history as well,” she said.