A spokesperson confirmed that Tim Scott, America's only black senator, was not invited to speak at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dubbed the "Let Freedom Ring event."
The Wall Street Journal reported that "Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond told MSNBC Wednesday that event organizers invited 'a long list of Republicans to come,' but each declined." It would be interesting to see that "long list," which did not include the nation's only black senator, as confirmed by Francesca Chambers of Red Alert Politics.
Yesterday, President Obama declared, "People of goodwill, regardless regardless of party, are too plentiful for those with ill will to change history's currents." Yet, only a certain political ideology was embraced at yesterday's celebration, which presented itself more as a campaign event than a reflection on the words and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; words that shunned hatred and bitterness and war, ideas that celebrated love and fellowship and of course, "content of character."
President Obama pushed his usual class war rhetoric in his speech, upon returning from his extravagant holiday from Martha's Vineyard. He said,
"Even as corporate profits soar, even as the pay of a fortunate few explodes, inequality has steadily risen over the decades. Upward mobility has become harder."
Consider a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., who said,
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
President Obama said,
"Because they marched, doors of opportunity and education swung open so their daughters and sons could finally imagine a life for themselves beyond washing somebody else's laundry or shining somebody else's shoes."
The subtle comment implies that there is some work that is below people. What an unAmerican concept! A laundry business or a shoe-shining business could become profitable and yes, is noble. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said,
"Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better."
Sadly, yesterday's event only served to highlight the current highly partisan and polarizing tone in America today.
Only black U.S. senator, Tim Scott (R-SCar), not invited to speak at MLK celebration. But Oprah, Jamie Foxx, okay. http://t.co/oqHOprRrPiÂ— Larry Elder (@larryelder) August 29, 2013
I mean, he's just the only black Senator. RT@AaronBlakeWP: Sen. Tim Scott's (R-S.C.) office says he was not invited to speak today.Â— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) August 28, 2013
USA Today columnist DeWayne Wickham was asked why Scott was not invited during a panel discussion on CNN yesterday, as reported by Mediaite. His response,
"And he should have been invited why?" Wickham asked. "He should have been invited to speak for what reason?"
Wickham's rationale seemed to be that since Scott was appointed, he should not have been invited.
Watch the discussion here:
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