South Carolina politics has a way of sandpapering raw social nerves and, often, exposing the grain of truth. Democrats in the Palmetto State are not rare, but their politics are not embraced by the bulk of the voting population. When Democrats are desperate, and none are so desperate as South Carolina Democrats, they say and do things that reveal the fiber of their nature.
In a recent article in The State newspaper, South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford (D-Richland) said this about Sen. Tim Scott, an African-American:
“The color of his skin certainly is not representative of the way that he votes on the policies that he seems to side with, but he is African-American. You can’t take that away from him. But I don’t think you will find more than about five African-Americans that say, ‘Yes,’ he represents their interests.
“(Scott) is constantly fighting the president who 97 percent of African-Americans here voted to support.”
WOW! According to Rep. Rutherford, if your skin is a certain color, you are obliged to vote a certain way. That makes Rutherford “a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on religion, politics, or race” which is the definition of “bigot.”
Rep. Rutherford believes that all African-Americans should vote the same way. Most disturbing, however, is that Rep. Rutherford appears to endorse, if not impose, intellectual Jim Crowism on blacks.
“Jim Crow Laws” were statutes implemented and enforced for nearly 100 years following the Civil War that institutionalized racial segregation and perpetuated the notion of “separate but equal status for African-Americans.” These laws were eventually struck down by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Rep. Rutherford apparently takes the position that South Carolina blacks, maybe even all blacks, should be segregated into a single body of political existence – that is, Democrats. One cannot be Republican and be an African-American. In addition to be patently stupid, that notion is completely contrary to one of the most famous sentences in all of African-American history:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King, Jr.
But, to be fair to Rep. Rutherford, he is not alone in his distaste for anyone of color who disagrees with his politics. When Michael Steele ran for the United States Senate in Maryland, Oreo cookies were thrown at him – “black on the outside, white on the inside.”
An anti-Allen West ad several years ago pictured him, with a gold tooth, punching white women.
Herman Cain was called “a monkey.”
We know, all too well, that any opposition to President Obama (who is actually half black) is greeted as “racism.
For those like Rep. Rutherford who would deny voters (of any color) freedom of thought and conviction, there is one more quote from Dr. King that should be considered:
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.