I called it!


When Tim Scott was named to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate, I said:

3. If forced to acknowledge his race, the media will refer to him as a “token black”.

Today’s New York Times:

But this “first black” rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes — including that of President Obama — as part of a morality play that dramatizes “how far we have come.” It obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress.


The trope of the black conservative has retained a man-bites-dog newsworthiness that is long past its shelf life. Clichés about fallen barriers are increasingly meaningless; symbols don’t make for coherent policies. Republicans will not gain significant black support unless they take policy positions that advance black interests. No number of Tim Scotts — or other cynical tokens — will change that.

At least they didn’t call him an “Uncle Tim”.

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32 Responses to I called it!

  1. myiq2xu (D) says:

    What’s really disturbing to me is the idea that all black people owe some debt of racial solidarity to other blacks.

    I thought we were all Americans.

    • Mary says:

      For most of us, we are. Americans, that is.

      I thought we were supposed to be against bullying. This name-calling feels like racial bullying.

    • angienc (D) says:

      That shipped sailed a long time ago. I only personally noticed that it had during the 2008 Dem. primary.

    • yttik says:

      It’s actually not a debt of racial solidarity. Apparently black folks owe loyalty to the Dem plantation. If it was actual racial solidarity, there would be a celebration for Tim Scott

  2. yttik says:

    “…or other cynical tokens ”

    That’s so racist! You know if he were white he’d get to join the bitter clingers.

    • Erica says:

      I liked this one: “symbols don’t make for coherent policies.”

      Funny, that’s exactly what I think about Obama.

  3. angienc (D) says:

    And Corey Booker has decided to run for the NJ Senate seat instead of for the governorship — don’t think for a second the Dems would allow the GOP to have the only black US Senator.
    Seriously, wrap your head around the fact that the Dems, while calling Scott a “token,” are actually laying the ground work to have a “token” black Senator with a (D) after his name.

  4. It is so aggravating. What is this “black interest?”
    If it is truly good for America, it is good for all.
    Is that so hard for them to get?
    Honestly, they are TRYING to divide us.

  5. HELENK says:


    keep fingers , toes and whatever crossed.
    marine vet imprisoned in Mexico might be released Friday.
    no thanks to the state dept

  6. Propertius says:

    Just remember, you probably only have a month to stock up on high-capacity magazines (as if banning the sale of what is essentially a plastic box with a metal plate and a spring in it is going to affect much of anything). I intend to buy several just on principle, even though I don’t own a gun.

    You Californians and Chicagoans are already out of luck, I suppose.

    • angienc (D) says:

      I’m seriously considering becoming a member of the NRA — lifetime membership is pricey ($1000) but they have TWO “easy pay” plans of $25 a month for 40 months or $25 a QUARTER for 40 quarters (10 years).

      As to the high-capacity magazines, maybe I should consider buying some as an investment — think of the future black market potential. 😉

  7. myiq2xu (D) says:


    Professor Brooks writes, “Redistricting and gerrymandering have produced ‘safe’ seats for black politicians across the South but have also concentrated black votes in black districts, giving white Republicans a lock.” Well, whose idea was that? It’s a liberal one and not a very bright one at that, as concentrating black votes in certain districts necessarily drains them away from the other districts, making those districts more conservative. And it is based on the thoroughly racist idea that only black districts will elect blacks to Congress. Frank, Watts, West, and Scott prove that idea wrong.

  8. myiq2xu (D) says:

    Klown Daughter:

    Trying to find childcare and came across an ad that said, “We love holidays, candy, kool aid, junk food and getting dirty. if you are against any of these things, then this is not the place for your child.” Even worse, “alot” was used as a word. Next…

    Sounds like the amusement park in Pinocchio.

  9. HELENK says:

    stolen from Rev Amy’s place

  10. HELENK says:

    for the obots

  11. John Denney says:

    “Republicans will not gain significant black support unless they take policy positions that advance black interests.”

    Isn’t that racist? Shouldn’t the interests of ALL Americans be advanced?

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