The moment the news hit the air Monday that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was going to appoint Rep. Tim Scott, an African-American, to fill the remainder of outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint’s term, Olivia Adams tweeted, “Congrats to new senator Tim Scott! Great news. Now, let the racist liberals come out in full force. cc: @MSNBC”
Demetrius Minor picked up on this and sent out his own tweet. “Waiting for the meltdown by MSNBC on Tim Scott being chosen to replace Jim DeMint.”
Adams and Minor didn’t have long to wait. The first answer came from someone calling himself only “Bernie,” who wrote, “Cheer the token black. He joins MSteele, HCain, CThomas, AWest, & CRice. No impact on blacks voting 4 #GOP. Another HOUSE #NEGRO @theGrio
None of the people “Bernie” lists are anyone’s “token black.” They all — each and every one of them — made it on their own.
Then someone calling herself “lovelyladypa” entered the fray with two quick tweets:
“TOKEN NEGRO: SC Gov Nikki Haley to name Rep Tim Scott, SC’s first African-American GOP rep since 1901, to replace Sen Jim DeMint. Event” followed by:
“lawd nikki haley picking a token for senate scott to say they hv a blk lawd”
After that, the name-calling escalated a bit. “Token black” and “token negro” became “America’s newest ‘House Negro,’” “Uncle Ruckus,” “Uncle Tom” and “Uncle Tim.”
For the most part, the vitriol came from tweeps hiding behind a nom de plume. If they used a real name, it was generally only their given name — until Indianapolis radio host Amos Brown flexed his Twitter muscles and “observed” that Scott isn’t “black enough.” Under his handle, [email protected],” he tweeted the following:
“Gee, courtesy of S Carolina GOP, the nation gets Tim Scott an ultra-rightwing, Tea Party devotee US Senator who’s Black only in skin color”
Stephen Shelko called Brown out on his remark. [email protected] You are a racist. Demanding that a person hold a certain set of beliefs on account of skin color is the epitome of racism.”
Brown responded wirh, [email protected] From what I’ve seen many of his beliefs holds back African-Americans. Which is a third of his state.” and later, “If it benefits the wealthy and not relief for working class folks, then Mr. Scott’s tax reforms would hold back African-Americans”
So it all comes down to “what’s in it for me?” The president’s rhetoric of “There are no black-Americans or Asian Americans or Latino-Americans — we’re just Americans,” was exactly that — simply rhetoric.
Someone with the Twitter handle “LiberateTheUSA” observed this exchange and brought Brown’s argument to its basest element. [email protected] Because he won’t be playing Santa Claus for votes, straight talker, independent thinker. Excellent nominee! #Cheers!”
Realizing he’d lost the argument at this point, Brown switched the subject to gun control. Wise move.
As I read the above tweets I couldn’t help but think to myself — had Gov. Haley not appointed Scott to his new post, would these same people have been calling her a racist?
H/T to Twitchy.com.
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