In a recent speech made at the Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., II, Head of the North Carolina State Chapter of the NAACP, issued a preemptive and vicious attack on Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), accusing the nation’s only Black Senator of being “pawn of the extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina)”.
Rev. Barber alleged that Senator Scott “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.”
Adding insult to injury, Rev. Barber continued, by hurling vicious pejoratives at Sen. Scott, calling him a“ventriloquist dummy the extreme right wing” in South Carolina.
This kind of commentary has no place in a civil society. Furthermore, it offers nothing to policy debates or to solutions to what are yet necessary civil rights battles that the NAACP, which falsely claims to be “non partisan, themselves are on the wrong side of.
Among those issues are funding for health care reform, judicial nominations, deep budget cuts, job creation, and criminal justice reform.
While Rev. Barber accuses Senator Scott of, essentially, being “anti-Black” or a “sell out”, observation of the NAACP’s 21st Century positions on education reveal that it has violated it’s own charter and abandoned it’s historical achievements on behalf of access to quality education for Black Americans.
In 1954, in Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruled that the “separate but equal doctrine” of the U.S. School system was unconstitutional. The court cited the psychological, sociological, and academic consequences of segregation based on ethnicity, deciding that Black Americans ought to have a right to place their children in the school of their choice.
The NAACP, at that time, was the leading voice in the battle for school choice, even helping to create private schools for Black Americans.
Times have changed.
In 2011, the N.A.A.C.P. took a stance in direct opposition to Brown v. Board of Education by joining with teachers’ unions in a lawsuit which sought to prevent twenty charter schools from opening or expanding in buildings shared with traditional public schools.
The impact of limiting school choice is that children are segregated all over again, usually by class. This disproportionately impacts Black children.
Senator Tim Scott has Co-Sponsored an Education Act, which covers expanding school choice opportunities for children with disabilities, as well as those who live on military bases. Most of all, those whose families are suffering from economic despair. Black American children stand to gain the most by the success of this Act.
Why is Reverend Barber silent in the face of his own organization working against access to quality education for Black Children?
The unemployment rate for Black Americans is yet far higher than that of all other ethnic/cultural groups, as well as the nation as a whole.
The national unemployment rate in December 2013 was allegedly 6.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the unemployment rate for Black Americans was 11.9 percent. The unemployment rate of Black teenagers is 373 percent above the national unemployment rate.
Senator Tim Scott has worked diligently to help to try to reduce those unemployment rates.
One of the ways he has sought to do so is by sponsoring the “Rising Tide Tax Reform Act,” which would lower corporate taxes to 23% and allow for permanent repatriation of foreign earnings back into the U.S.
That would mean that more Black Americans would have access to job opportunities, as more large corporations are able to afford to reinvest earning made overseas back here in the U.S.
Senator Tim Scott has also been a driving force behind the “Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act”, which is intended to assist low-income workers, individuals with disabilities who are in the job market, and at-risk youth.
It emphasizes job training and streamlining services.
The NAACP has failed to support any of these efforts to improve the educational and economic opportunities of Americans in general, but of Black Americans in particular.
The NAACP, furthermore, has consistently opposed legislation that is designed to create a business climate which would benefit Black Americans , which includes Repeal of the Davis Bacon Act, which continues to discriminate against Blacks (and Hispanics) in construction industries.
The Davis Bacon Act was passed in 1931 to keep Blacks from competing against White only Construction unions for jobs that were funded by the Federal Government. This Act continues to be enforced today, with the same discriminatory intentions and results.
Rev. Barber and the NAACP supports the Davis Bacon Act.
Finally, I have met Senator Tim Scott personally. We are from the same neck of the woods in Charleston, SC. While I only met him just a few years ago, I have had the privilege of spending quality time in conversation with Sen. Tim Scott at functions we both have been on a occasions.
I know his personal testimony. It is one of redemption, restoration and victory. Senator Scott did not have it easy growing up. In fact, all the odds where against him. Yet, he overcame.
Senator Scott’s life represents everything Rev. Barber claims to believe about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the great commission is about.
The Word of God says that God despises when we, as Christians, bear false witness against our brethen and sow seeds of discord among the body of Christ (Proverbs 6:19)
That this so called Rev. personally, falsely, and publicly attacked Senator Tim Scott, for political purposes, says that this Rev.. is not only out of touch with reality, but it also reveals that he clearly has no meaningful relationship to God.
His immediate resignation should be required by the constituents of the NAACP!
Most important, his role as a minister of the gospel of any spirit filled church should be called into question and re-examined.
Finally, what Reverend Barber has tragically done is violate the charter of the NAACP, by means of falsely maligning Senator Tim Scott. Hence, committing “Black on Black Crime”.