The State reports that William Barber II (pictured), whom The Washington Post says is a rising and influential star in the NAACP, compared Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) to a ventriloquist dummy. During a speech in Columbia South Carolina, Barber said of Scott, “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy.” Barber’s comments were unmistakably racially tinged. He went out of his way to link the fact that Scott is black to his opinion that he is nothing more than a puppet.
“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber said. He said, “the extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”
Scott responded by saying that Barber reminded him of “what not to do” during a weekend celebrating the life Rev. Martin Luther King.
Barber is one of the leaders of the “Moral Mondays” protests against North Carolina governor Pat McCrory’s agenda that included reforms hitting voter integrity, tax cuts, and protections for the unborn.
Barber’s attack against Scott’s racial identity (“claims he’s the first black…”) is a common tactic employed by the left against black Americans who don’t think, vote, or act in the way the left believes they should. The harassment and bullying is psychologically (not literally) similar to what blacks in the segregated South faced when they didn’t “toe the line.”
It was Democrats bullying blacks they considered “uppity” then and it is Democrats doing the same today.
Part two of this tactic will be the media either ignoring or dismissing what Barber said. Even though he is a rising star and public figure, the media will likely leave Barber alone because many in the elite media secretly agree with what Barber said and approve of his tactics. If a black Tea Partier said the same about a black Democrat, it would be a big scandal. This will only receive the kind of dutiful coverage like we saw in The Washington Post.
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