Left-wing columnist Jonathan Capehart — a man who weeped in fear when Donald Trump was elected president — recently ridiculed Sen. Tim Scott for saying woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy.
Capehart’s rant was mostly ad hominem, off topic, and regurgitated banal clichés, but the Washington Post graciously allowed Scott to reply this week.
The South Carolinian said he spoke out because he’s “gravely concerned for our future if we ignore either type of supremacy — both of which are rooted in racism or discrimination.” He called woke supremacy “the ‘tolerant’ left’s intolerance for dissent” and “discrimination falsely marketed as inclusion.”
Scott said he’s proud to be Black and a Republican.
He noted the GOP recently secured permanent funding for historically Black colleges and universities for the first time in history; fought for school choice, which predominantly aids poor and minority students stuck in failing Democrat-run schools; and helped author the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that lowered taxes for single moms and brought Black unemployment to historic lows.
“Critics discount these accomplishments for the Black community because it conflicts with the caricature they’ve created of what it means to be Black and to be a Republican,” Scott wrote. “Woke culture is speeding our country toward ideological and literal segregation.”
The senator referenced Columbia University, where apparently separate but equal is popular again. The progressive New York City college is emulating pre-civil rights Southern society by hosting racially-segregated graduation ceremonies this spring.
“Virtue signaling is one of the worst concepts for real justice I’ve ever seen,” Scott claimed on Thursday’s Ruthless podcast. “The greatest supporters of the liberal left, like Hollywood, often depicted African Americans in the most vile, subhuman ways. They reinforced images on screen for eight decades, and all of sudden, they want to tell me what to think about myself. It’s fascinating and frustrating.”
“You certainly cannot codify into law that it’s OK for us to help all struggling farmers — except white ones,” Scott said, citing Democrats’ funding of only Black farmers in their recent stimulus bill. “Having been on the wrong end of racism most of my life, the last thing that ever makes sense to me is making it legal to discriminate against anyone, because if you make it legal to discriminate against one race, you’ve certainly made it legal to discriminate against other races that fall out of favor.”
In the same interview, he also explained how Democrats used the filibuster only a few months ago to stop racial progress in the justice system promoted by a Black Republican. Now, craving totalitarian power, they call it a “Jim Crow relic” and the president — for decades one of the most emphatic defenders of the filibuster — wants to rewrite history.
“They used any tools necessary to stop my legislation,” Scott said. “They did not want the Republican Party to be a difference maker on a host of issues … so they stopped all that from becoming law. The Democrat strategy has less to do with solving problems of our racial past and more to do with solving the problem of power in the future.”
The first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate from a southern state since Reconstruction concluded his newspaper column by noting:
“When you give license for one person or group of people to discriminate, you give license for everyone to discriminate. Dividing society along racial lines is everything leaders in the civil rights era fought against, yet leaders of the woke movement are attempting to codify discrimination in law.”
A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.