Senator Tim Scott Not Pleased With The Revised ‘Three Fifths Compromise’ Offered By President Trump
After Charlottesville, Black Republican Gives Trump a History Lesson on Racism
"My response was that, while that's true, I mean I think if you look at it from a sterile perspective, there was an…
Excerpt from NY Times
WASHINGTON — Tim Scott, the lone black Republican in the Senate, delivered a pointed history lesson on America’s 300-year legacy of racism to President Trump on Wednesday in response to what he called Mr. Trump’s “sterile” response to the riots in Charlottesville, Va., last month.
The president invited Mr. Scott, a conservative from South Carolina who had expressed disgust with Mr. Trump’s equivocal reaction to the white supremacist protests that left one woman dead, to the Oval Office for what Mr. Trump’s staff described as a demonstration of the president’s commitment to “positive race relations.” Both men described the interaction as positive and constructive, but Mr. Scott clearly had a point to make.
When a reporter asked the senator after the meeting if the president had expressed regret, a pained look flashed on Mr. Scott’s face. He paused for a few seconds and replied, “He certainly tried to explain what he was trying to convey.”
In a show of altruism, Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina was invited to the White House and attempted to enlighten the President on the optics surrounding his remarks on the racial violence in Charlottesville. The White House staff saw the meeting as a worthy photo op that posits Trump as working to bridge the racial divide that most believe has been gaslit and left behind by his predecessor — a very common misconception in identity politics which in fact is and has always been the other way around. From democrats to republicans, and or conservatives to liberals, those with opportunistic social capital to gain have always sought to take advantage of the racial divide by gaslighting Americans into perpetuating the faulty social construction of race.
White House officials emailed reporters a photograph of Mr. Trump listening intently as Mr. Scott made a point, with both sitting in chairs often used for bilateral meetings with foreign leaders. The White House misidentified him as Tom Scott.
I am not sure what Mr. Scott’s expectations were from this meeting with the president, as I am sure it would be just like any other meeting with someone sympathetic to white nationalists, neo-nazis, or the alt-right movement. Mr. Trump seems impervious to the ethics of anti-white supremacy. Senator Scott’s identity as a minority represents of 1% of the Senate. And to be honest why would Trump and others really care about how the only black republican in the senate feels, or says about a presidential response that runs counter to multicultural values and anti-racism? What do you expect coming from the then presidential candidate back in January of 2016 in Donald Trump who stated…
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” — Donald Trump
That was quite possibly a rare moment of truth coming from Mr. Trump. I am sure Mr. Trump would like to have had many anachronistic duels where he could pick off anyone who dares to question or challenge his demagoguery. I am quite sure he would get away with shooting Mr. Scott, retain all his supporters and then some. As Ta-Nehisi Coates dissertates in his most recent contribution to The Atlantic, titled “America’s First White President”, Mr. Coates expresses that “there is great power in not being a nigger”, 🤔 which resonates on so many levels.
Excommunicated NFL player Colin Kaepernick didn’t have to shoot anyone, it took Colin Kaepernick only to take a knee during the popular and abbreviated national anthem in silent protest over police brutality of Black Americans to face a wrath that would be akin to shooting someone. But taking a knee which basically symbolizes genuflection to fellow Americans harmed or killed by the sincere fictions celebrated in the land of the free. Even though no charges were filed or a lawsuit brought, a Supreme Court justice weighed in on Kaepernick’s right to protest.
“I think it’s really dumb of them. Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful.”
“I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag-burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do,” she added. “But I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.”
“It’s dangerous to arrest people for conduct that doesn’t jeopardize the health or well-being of other people. It is a symbol they are engaged in,” she said.
“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive,” Justice Ginsburg said. “If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”
It had me wondering quite a bit about the troubling point of view being expressed, how repugnant it was to stand up against the injustice of homicidal police towards Blacks, that apparently a Supreme Court Justice even found unjustifiable. That the symbolism of humanity does not trump the misconstrued symbolism of the abbreviated version of the Star-Spangled Banner, is quite appalling and tends to rather marginalize minorities institutionally with its applications and miscomprehension in many instances.
It seems that Colin Kaepernick under the social construct is not seen as being anything but a football player — property of the NFL and its owners. Once Mr. Kaepernick refused to acculturate within the confines of the social construct assigned — which once rewarded his talents and efforts as entertainment on the football field or as chattel of value for the rich — he was no longer seen as American, much less a human being and apparently discarded.
There are many, many discarded and displaced people not seen as valuable or worthy of inclusive benefits of Americanism. They have been relegated to slums and communities in isolation. They have been disregarded so much that they receive substantial or segregated education, and are supplied contaminated water. They are stripped of any socioeconomic opportunity, and are penalized disproportionately by the penal system. They are simply less than equal.
A faulty set of institutions seemingly reminds and imposes marginal three-fifths status to Blacks and other minorities to this day. Ironically, the expunged third stanza of Francis Scott Key’s Star-Spangled Banner, which became the national anthem about 100 years later is one of the most bigoted and racist pieces that culminated into scorn for the audacity of slaves fighting alongside the British against their enslavers . It was written in defense of slavery and as an aspect of the proudly hailed original version in the traditional folklore of patriotism and love of country — symbolism. This is a highly inappropriate way of loving your country — acknowledging and improving on its inadequacies or learning from its abhorrent past and current mistakes would be a more appropriate show of appreciation and real love.
I bet most people know nothing about this nor would they even care. And its not so much that Americans in general need a proper history lesson, it is more so that Americans need to own up to their shortcomings, their own faults and their limitations, about what they fail to do, recognize, understand, or know — about their basic humanness in order to preserve and enhance their interdependence with humanity. And you will never get this sort of introspection from the likes of narcissist in Trump and his tribe. This ego maniacal omission seems to only worsen with the failure to appreciate their own diversity. American culture seems predicated on an amnesic past that imbues an idealized mythology about Americanism. A mythology that President Trump has conjured into reality. And included in that myth is the idea that Blacks in particular are not seen as equal, properly evolved, or genuinely American, they are still seen and treated as about three-fifths of that which is human.