Thursday, July 1, 2010

My latest post on Change.org: 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...

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