By Ms. Arelya J. Mitchell, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
The Mid-South Tribune
Of course, the Washington Post would go after Sen. Tim Scott. In their mindset, he’s the wrong kind of Black because he said America is not racist, meaning that systemic racism is no longer legal. Taking away the legality of Jim Crow was the real fight, and that was won with the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. The reason the NAACP has not out come in Sen. Scott’s defense (as was also done in Justice Clarence Thomas’ case) is that the NAACP is no more than an extension of the Democrat Party—so much for non-partisanship!
If life in America is so horrible for Blacks, there never would have been elected a Black president and a woman of color vice president. America never would have been a nation where there are more Black millionaires than any other nation in the entire world, or Black home-owners than any other nation in the entire world! In fact, Black Americans can do as Lebron James, Jay-Z, Will Smith, and the Black Lives Matter founder and own multi-million-dollar estates protected by private security in predominantly White neighborhoods.
Also, there is a profound ignorance when this Pulitzer Prize-paper asserts that because Scott’s family owned land, he had some type of “wealth” privilege. In the South and in many cases, White slave owners either gave or sold land to their former slaves (because in some cases these were their children from their rape of slave women). If the Washington Post were to go further into the South, this Carpetbagger publication would see that Blacks who owned their land also owned the shacks on that land, which consequently meant that it might have been a shack but they owned it and the property under it.
Also, what the Post doesn’t get is that what historically distinguished the Black middle class from the White middle class was the VALUE for education—not money, because Blacks didn’t have the money. This Value for education did not depend on a Black person being materially rich or poor. This Value for education threaded throughout the entire Black community. This was the thread which sewed the quilt of HBCUs, the Emancipation Oak, ‘Hidden Figures’, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Dorothy Height, Tuskegee Airmen, etc.; this was the thread which made every adult and Black family members—the whole community– come out in droves to graduations and baccalaureates; this was the thread which made Tim Scott’s grandfather sit at the table and pretend to read so he could instill the Value for education in a future generation; this was the thread that produced dedicated Black teachers who made sure you spoke good grammar and not Ebonics or that you could learn math, science and technology without thinking it was white supremacist; this was the thread that produced Black teachers who truly thought the mind was a terrible thing to waste and did not dummy down the Black student to fit an agenda of White liberalism and socialism; this was the thread which produced parents, teachers, grandparents and great grandparents who taught Black children that they had to be twice and thrice as good to make it under Jim Crow because no one could take your knowledge from you; this was the thread that produced Black Wall Street, and Black-owned businesses that grew in spite of segregation. It is this thread which intimidates Washington Post White journalists and those ignorant Black sell-out journalists who think they’ve hit the big time only to find out that at the end of the (news) cycle, they’ll be thrown back into the briar patch and retrieved only when there’s a racial issue. It is the Washington Post which cannot tolerate Blacks who don’t fit its negative perception of a Black person who won’t kowtow.
It is the Washington Post which continues to ‘Willie Lynch’ Blacks in the 21st Century. But what is worse and is akin to the KKK on the extreme right, the Washington Post on the extreme Left has chosen to make Sen. Scott the poster ‘boy’ for any Black citizen, especially a Black male, who does not keep his place. The Washington Post like its mainstream counterparts is more apt to praise the Black thug than any decent hard-working Black male who is being productive.
We stand strongly behind Sen. Tim Scott and other African Americans who see themselves in the 21st Century as ‘Americans’ and adhere to moving America’s second largest minority into the economic realm of capitalism – not into the victimhood and mediocrity of socialism to appease the Democrat Party and its ‘racist’ roots.