from the Washington Examiner:

Sen. Tim Scott, R.-S.C., the only African American serving in the United States Senate, wasn’t invited to the event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s march on Washington, though a host of Democratic luminaries spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

“Senator Scott was not invited to speak at the event,” Greg Blair, a spokesman for the South Carolina lawmaker, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “The senator believes today is a day to remember the extraordinary accomplishments and sacrifices of Dr. King, Congressman John Lewis, and an entire generation of black leaders. Today’s anniversary should simply serve as an opportunity to reflect upon how their actions moved our country forward in a remarkable way.”

Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina

Why was Senator Tim Scott not invited?

Why were Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Representative Allen West, Mayor Mia B. Love, entrepreneur Herman Cain and Representative JC Watts not added to the roster of luminaries?

It’s saddening that on such an inportant, historic occasion, it is deeply disappointing that some will seek to exploit division, by picking and choosing who can or cannot represent a community, and by deciding which voices will be heard – and which will be silenced. A celebration of a moment in history that led to the end of segregation by color and race was tainted by devolving into an event segregated by politics and ideology.

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech was an opportunity to bring the country closer together, to celebrate the accomplishments of unity and harmony and to demonstrate a desire to continue moving the country forward.

But with an act of spite, that opportunity was lost.

2 thoughts on “Tainting The Legacy

  1. This is the stupidest thing I have read in along long time. How can you ask why the supporters of MLK wouldn’t allow racist bigot republicans to be in their event is stupid. It doesn’t matter that Senator Scott is black. He is an Uncle Tom and a sellout to his race. MLK would have been embarrassed if he was at the event. Thank God that none of the Republicans were invited. They represent the 1% and MLK represented the 99%. Please stop writing this horrible bullshit. Its stupid.


  2. This article is really stupid. How do you think that Republicans have done anything good for blacks? The only reason that blacks are not slaves right now is because the Democratic politicians and the people won’t let them. There were no Republicans at the MLK event because they are NOT WANTED there. MLK would have been embarrassed to have any Repbulican there. Please stop writing stupid things.


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