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Segregation: Nation's only black Senator not invited to speak at MLK event

Posted by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM
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Sen. Tim Scott wasn’t invited to speak at event commemorating MLK march on Washington




BY JOEL GEHRKE | AUGUST 28, 2013 AT 3:35 PM 

Sen. Tim Scott, R.-S.C., the only African American serving in the United States Senate, wasn't invited to the event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's march on Washington, though a host of Democratic luminaries spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

“Senator Scott was not invited to speak at the event,” Greg Blair, a spokesman for the South Carolina lawmaker, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “The senator believes today is a day to remember the extraordinary accomplishments and sacrifices of Dr. King, Congressman John Lewis, and an entire generation of black leaders. Today’s anniversary should simply serve as an opportunity to reflect upon how their actions moved our country forward in a remarkable way.”

The event organizers didn't completely exclude Republicans from the event — former President George W. Bush, for instance, received an invitation, but he couldn't attend as he is recovering from surgery — but the slate of speakers was filled with names such as former President Clinton, Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx and others.

President Obama was the keynote speaker of the event, of course, which is held in honor of the achievements of Dr. King and other civil rights leaders. Wouldn't it have made sense to have the first black president joined by the first black senator from South Carolina, which was a Jim Crow state when the original march on Washington took place?

The Washington Examiner contacted MLK Dream 50 to ask why Scott wasn’t invited, but didn’t hear back in time for publication.

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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Hmmm:

- I wonder if Sen. Scott's invitation from the White House got lost in the mail, or he didn't get the Evite?

- Perhaps the content of Tim Scott's character isn't good enough for Al Sharpton?

- Maybe there were only enough invitations for political parties starting with "D."

- Could be Obama's Executive Privilege? Or maybe his "White Black Privilege?"

- CONCLUSION:  Tim Scott should have stayed in his truck.

-Celestial-
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM
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A panel discussion on CNN’s The Lead examined the impact that Wednesday’s speeches and celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement’s march on Washington D.C. When asked why so few Republicans attended the rally and none spoke, the panel displayed a surprising lack of knowledge as to why that was the case. When asked why Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the only sitting African-American U.S. Senator, was not invited to speak, one guest displayed a measure of disdain for the “appointed” Senator. 

A discussion about the impact of the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech anniversary event veered into politics when the guests began to wonder why so few Republicans attended the event and none spoke.

National Public Radio host Michel Martin wondered why former President George H. W. Bush, whom she said “had a very strong record on civil rights,” was not in attendance at the Anniversary. Both Bush and his son, former President George W. Bushdeclined to attend due to the former president’s ongoing recovery from a recent surgery.

When asked why the only sitting black senator in the upper chamber of Congress was also not in attendance, USA Today columnist DeWayne Wickham said there was no real reason for him to be there in the first place.

“And he should have been invited why?” Wickham asked. “He should have been invited to speak for what reason?”

“He’s one of 50 Senators,” Wickham said. “And he’s appointed not elected.”

Scott said that he was not invited to speak, but added that the day should be about remembering MLK and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). And there are 100 U.S. Senators.

Watch the clip below via CNN:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnn-guest-why-should-appointed-sen-tim-scott-have-been-invited-to-mlk-anniversary/

jcrew6
by Jenney on Aug. 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM
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Liberal segregation? No way!
SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM
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Exactly. One would think the first black US president in more than 210 years would for sure invite the first black US Senator in more than 220 years.

So why did either Obama or O'Biden go? Why was Obama the keynote speaker?? Tim Scott is more black than the two of them put together. And he has $17 trillion worth of understanding on the National Debt.

So Senators appointed pursuant to the Seventeenth Amendment aren't "real" Constitutional Senators? The more than 200 of them in less than the past 100 years? Might as well say that the Equal Protection clause does not exist, or the13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments .

Get real - We all know If he were a Democrat, he absolutely would have been invited.

Politics, politics, politics - Racial politics and partisan politics. Everyone knows that!  :) The Dems just don't like to admit it. 

Selective discrimination is so much easier if you say it's due to something else. Like the KKK used to do.

I wish Obama were a president more like David Palmer, Jack Bauer's friend from "24."   :)

"All Americans should honor Dr. King above petty politics. Someone should remind the president that he is president of all Americans and that Dr. King belongs to all of us - not one race or interest group.

Mr. Obama's plan just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I certainly hope he's not planning on going to Gettysburg in November for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's speech."


Quoting -Celestial-:



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM
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The only kind there is!

Liberally engaged in, and liberally enjoyed by liberals who lib it up at these celebrations, away from all those Creepy Ass Uncle Tom Crackers who act and think too "white." They are dangerous, and they might influence other black people too much and change hearts and minds to drop out of the Plantation Party.


Quoting jcrew6:

Liberal segregation? No way!



grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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 His being black is insignificant to the left.  Two strikes against him...he criticizes Obama, and he's a Republican.....therein lies the rub.

Mmm...why was Alveda King, his niece omitted from the ceremony?  Could it be because she's a staunch Republican who criticizes Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, et al?

According to Alveda, MLK, his father and his uncle were registered Republicans.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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Absolutely.

It's not that they are Republicans or conservatives. The problem is that they are BLACK CONSERVATIVES, BLACK REPUBLICANS.  That's when those still on the plantation move against them, put on those white sheets, and set those crosses on fire.

George Zimmerman and his family were almost metaphorically asphyxiated when the heirs to the KKK instigated the lynch mob who metaphorically torched their homes, and despite the almost $1 million court case lasting 18 months.

The vast majority of black Americans were Republicans for more than 100 years. The first black Congressmen - all Republicans - were elected in 1870 - FIVE YEARS after the Civil War. FIVE YEARS. Can you believe it? 

About 4,800 people were lynched. About 1/3 of them were white Republicans. The other 2/3 were black Republicans. Interesting.


Quoting grandmab125:

 His being black is insignificant to the left.  Two strikes against him...he criticizes Obama, and he's a Republican.....therein lies the rub.

Mmm...why was Alveda King, his niece omitted from the ceremony?  Could it be because she's a staunch Republican who criticizes Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, et al?

According to Alveda, MLK, his father and his uncle were registered Republicans.



Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Aug. 29, 2013 at 12:08 AM
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I think it was disgraceful that he was not invited to speak.
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Aug. 29, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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Absolutely.

It's like someone preaching against racism, while calling Clarence Thomas, Larry Elder, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Chris Scott, Allen West, Mia Love, Elbert Guillory, Ralph Washington, Elvita King etc. "Uncle Tom" and "Aunt Jemima."

As a friend of mine's husband tells their boys: "You can't pick your nose and brush your teeth at the same time."  

Just heard that one today.   :)

Quoting Analeigh2012:

I think it was disgraceful that he was not invited to speak.



Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Aug. 29, 2013 at 7:36 AM
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Quoting grandmab125:

 His being black is insignificant to the left.  Two strikes against him...he criticizes Obama, and he's a Republican.....therein lies the rub.

Mmm...why was Alveda King, his niece omitted from the ceremony?  Could it be because she's a staunch Republican who criticizes Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, et al?

According to Alveda, MLK, his father and his uncle were registered Republicans.

This was no historical event.

This was little more than a made for BET movie.

 

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