the Things that are Caesar’s
William Barber, president of the NC NAACP, visited South Carolina on Sunday to give a “pre-Martin Luther King Day” speech at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia to Columbia and South Carolina NAACP members and guests.
Being that it was a speech in a church and in memory of the great civil rights leader, one might think the speech would be respectful and reverent and perhaps a bit inspiring. But, if you know William Barber like we know William Barber, you would expect a speech that would center on demonizing conservatives or as Barber would say “right-wing extremists.”
Unfortunately, Tim Scott, one of South Carolina’s U.S. Senators and one of only three African-American U.S. Senators was the subject of one of Barber’s nasty diatribes. Barber said,
“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy. 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 was in good company though, according to “The State,” Barber also lambasted clergy when he said “pastors who obsess about topics like prayer, homosexuality and abortion while neglecting justice, poverty, fair play and equality issues “are just running their mouths.”
In an email to the Daily Caller Senator Scott commented on Barber’s rant.
“To reflect seriously on the comments a person, a pastor, that is filled with baseless and meaningless rhetoric would be to do a disservice to the very people who have sacrificed so much and paved a way,” Scott told The Daily Caller in an emailed statement. “Instead, I will honor the memory of Dr. King by being proactive in holding the door for others and serving my fellow man. And Rev. Barber will remind me and others of what not to do.”