If you managed to stay awake through President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, you might have caught Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) rebuttal to the speech. If you enjoy a healthy dose of mental self-flagellation, you may have also tortured yourself by watching the left have a total and complete meltdown on social media and the airwaves.
Or perhaps you’re into that sort of thing.
Either way, you have probably seen the utter vitriol that the hard left is directing toward Sen. Scott for being depraved enough to be a black conservative lawmaker. And why are these brave and virtuous souls upset with Scott?
Because he dared to do what far-leftists have found to be overly challenging: Take a sensible approach towards the conversation on race.
During his rebuttal, Scott savaged the woke theology practiced by too many on the far left. He recounted some of the racism that he experienced even as a sitting United States senator, acknowledging that racial bigotry still exists in the country. He even brought up examples of leftists attacking him with racial slurs. But he also stated that despite this being a reality, America is not an overall racist nation.
“Today, kids again are being taught that the color of their skin defines them — and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor,” Sen. Scott said. “From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress. By doubling down on the divisions, we’ve worked so hard to heal.”
“You know this stuff is wrong,” he intoned. “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.”
It was these words that sent the left into a frothing tizzy. Many high-profile so-called progressives blatantly lied about Scott’s words, claiming he said racism does not exist. Other left-leaning brain surgeons argued that he was contradicting himself by acknowledging his racist experiences while asserting that America is no longer the land of the Klan and the home of the slave.
Of course, most of these people know that two things can be true at once: Racism still exists in the U.S., and it does not mean that the entire country and all of its institutions are overflowing with racial bigotry. However, they misrepresented his words, nonetheless. Remember: these people are not ignorant or stupid – they are brazen liars.
Others on the hard left resorted to their usual name-calling, referring to him as an Uncle Tom, or in some cases, “Uncle Tim.” It is the typical behavior we see coming from folks on the left – but this time it seemed even more over-the-top than usual.
There is a reason for that. In fact, there are two reasons.
For starters, Sen. Scott did something that most on the left would not expect from a black conservative: He acknowledged the existence of racism and even discussed his experiences. Moreover, he did so without pretending that Neo-Nazis are systematically murdering scores of unsuspecting black men every single day.
One of the mistakes that many have made on the right is downplaying racism to the point that we almost insist that it does not exist. The left has enjoyed the consequences of this. However, people like Tim Scott address these issues without the exploitative hysteria that the left has injected into conversations involving race. It sends a message to the black community that there are Republicans who care about racial issues.
Secondly, Sen. Scott gave them an argument that he knew they could not adequately debunk. If they disagree with the senator about the prevalence of racism in America, they have to prove that it is an overall racist nation in 2021. This is quite a gargantuan task, given that the vast majority of all Americans are not racist. For this reason, the so-called progressive crowd is lying about his remarks -– they are unable to counter his assertion.
If Scott wins re-election in 2022, he will likely continue to trigger the hyperwoke theocrats. Indeed, after his speech, some have raised the possibility of a presidential or vice-presidential run in 2024. However, he has indicated in the past that he is not focused on the Oval Office. Nevertheless, it is clear that the senator will still be working for the black community and the rest of the nation, regardless of the role he occupies.