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.”
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.