Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. Policy & Issues

A lesson in black history for the NAACP

See also

Black History Month is upon us, and far be it from LU to turn its back on the achievements of our black brethren. We would like, however, to dedicate this lesson to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which — their name and mission statement notwithstanding — seems fairly ignorant about black history.

Just last month, the organization refused to back down from an insult one of its members hurled at Tim Scott, whom he called a ventriloquist’s “dummy.” It would seem odd that a group dedicated to the advancement of blacks would be comfortable with such a characterization of one of two U.S. Senators of color.

The NAACP explained its position in a statement:

Dr. [Martin Luther] King [Jr.] emphasized love and justice rather than extremism. Unless we stand for justice we cannot claim allegiance to or pay homage to Dr. King. In a state such as South Carolina, politicians, whether they be black or white, should not be echoing the position of the far right.

By far right, one assumes the NAACP means “Republican.” That is certainly the attitude of North Carolina NAACP chapter head William Barber, the man who called Scott a dummy. Earlier this month, Barber told reporters that Republicans “frantically seek out people of color to become mouthpieces for their particular agenda.”

By that benchmark, Barber would have no use for two black historical figures, Robert B. Elliott (1842–1884) and Robert C. De Large (1842–1874). Both served as U.S. congressmen from South Carolina — the same state where “politicians, whether they be black or white, should not be echoing the position of the far right.” Both men did precisely that, running as Republicans.

Elliott and De Large were not the first black members of the U.S. House. That distinction falls to John Willis Menard (1838–1893). He was also a Republican. Ditto for the second black to serve in the House, Joseph Hayne Rainey (1832–1887) and the first black to serve as a U.S. Senator, Hiram Rhodes Revels (1827–1901).

Related Articles

For more articles and headlines, be sure to check out Liberty Unyielding. Follow me on Twitter or join me at Facebook.

Advertisement

News

  • Al Qaeda video surfaces
    A video of an Al Qaeda meeting surfaces, concealed identities are raising suspicions
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Boston Marathon
    Boston cops shut down Boylston street after finding suspicious, unattended backpacks
    Top News
  • Death penalty for hate crime?
    Actions by the anti-Semitic gunman are being condemned by the unlikeliest of groups
    Crime News
  • New York gun control
    As many as one million New Yorkers are ready to disregard the state's new gun laws
    Headlines
  • Korean ferry capsizes
    Hundreds of passengers are missing after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    World News
  • NYPD ends surveillance on Muslims
    The NYPD will end surveillance programs against Muslims in their own communities
    Video
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!