Thursday, July 1, 2010

My latest post on What the defeat of Strom Thurmond's son really means

This week, Tim Scott — a Republican and Tea Party favorite — won his primary bid for an open U.S. House seat in South Carolina against Paul Thurmond, son of infamous the Dixiecrat and segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond. What's unusual about this story? Scott is black.

What's more, Scott won big, by a 69-31 margin. People are shocked, shocked — certain this turn of events means something significant about race relations in America and the South.

I agree that Scott's win, coupled with Nikki Haley's, is a sign of racial progress. But I don't think these results are surprising — or evidence that our country, South Carolina, the GOP or the Tea Party has moved past its problems with race. It's too soon to put another notch in the belt of post-racialism. Read more...

1 comment:

Fat Steve said...

Excellent article. Though when an African American woman says nice things about a Republican it gets ignored. However, if you were to have a criticism that the T Partee contingent could become all offended about I have no doubt it would make major media. Still, it is a great example of a non-biased article.

I have to admit I kind of thought the story was going to take an ironic twist, with DNA testing proving that Tim Scott was ALSO Strom Thurmond's son.


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