The freedmen were not really free in 1865, nor are most of their descendants really free in 1965. Slavery was but one aspect of a race and color problem that is still far from solution here, or anywhere. In America, particularly, the grapes of wrath have not yet yielded their bitter vintage. — The Oxford History of the American People [1965], ch.1

I don’t know much about Timothy Eugene Scott, the junior Republican Senator of South Carolina and candidate for President in the 2024 election. So I looked at his website, and after going through it, I couldn’t help coming away with the feeling that Scott has an innate belief that he can be the long-lost dream Republicans had when Obama became the country’s first Black President.

I have always thought the Eisenhower Republicans wanted to see their Party be more receptive and representative of changing dynamics in the country. Had they been the Party to produce the first Black President, that would have been a critical factor toward achieving that goal. Unfortunately, the infiltration of the Racist Dixiecrates, who brought their racism, sexism, and totalitarian mindset, made that a never-obtainable dream.

There are those, Tim Scott among them, who still believe they are the Party of Eisenhower and Regan and the Party of ‘We the People,’ they think they can bring the Party back to where it had the likes of MLK, James Baldwin, Sidney Poitier, and Harry Belafonte among its membership.

I’ve always believed Republicans harbored hope to be the Party that would birth the first President of Color. There was considerable effort to coax the late Colin Powell to throw his hat in the ring, and he had tremendous support. He had everything Republicans could desire. He was a war hero, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Bush’s Secretary General. He ticked off a lot of boxes for Republicans. There was only one problem. His wife told him there was no effing way she would support him and was adamant about it. And that ended that.

With their hopes smashed asunder to purge their Party of the poisonous bile of the Dixie Democrats who infected their Party when Johnson signed the Civil and Voting Rights Acts of 65 and 65, their march to perdition was in full force.

But history is cruel, and Republicans had to endure two terms of Black Democratic President. It wasn’t for the lack of trying. They did everything they could to undermine, degrade, and humiliate him. For reasons historians will never adequately explain, Republicans would not get past their unbridled racism to accept the country had achieved a milestone and had the opportunity to turn the tide on the racist undercurrent that has always permeated our country.

Two years ago, I nearly choked on my coffee when he made that statement in his rebuttal to the State of the Union Address, saying that America is not a racist country. I recall screaming at the TV, ‘Are you fucking kidding me!!’ And to hear him repeat to Eric Erickson. What world does Tim Scott live in? The U.S. is, and since its formation, an abjectly RACIST COUNTRY!

There is an essential aspect of the heritage of the United States Scott glosses over when he makes his dumbass statement about the country not being racist, especially when said racism is pretty darn apparent. It’s not what one would generally think about when people like Scott say the country isn’t racist—it’s that he has to say it at all.

If the U.S. isn’t racist, as Scott claims, then why did he need to proclaim it isn’t?

If the U.S. isn’t racist, as Scott claims, why do white cops get away with using excessive force on Black and Brown people to a level where they are severely injured or die in their custody?

If the U.S. isn’t racist, as Scott claims, why is there still a significant disparity in granting business loans between white and Black small businesses?

If the U.S. isn’t racist, as Scott claims, why did Dylan Roof murder nine Black worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, Payton Gendron ten Black Shoppers at Tops Friendly Supermarket in Buffalo, and Robert Bowers eleven Jewish worshipers at their synagogue in Pittsburg?

If the U.S. isn’t racist, as Scott claims, why, upon the investigation of these murders, police found each of them had their racist manifesto advocating ridding the United States of Blacks, Jews, and Asians and that by killing as many of these non-white individuals, it would purify the country, which they felt was the sole province of white Protestant men and women.

Suppose the U.S. isn’t racist, as Scott claims. How does he explain what took place in Tulsa, Rosewood, and Ocoee, the destruction of thriving Black-owned businesses in those towns by white mobs based on lies and false claims of inappropriate behavior toward white women?  

Senator Scott doesn’t get to gaslight the American public by telling them the country isn’t racist when they experience it overtly or covertly every day. He cannot expect them to accept him as a viable contender to sit behind the Resolute Desk. Not when he is willing to lie about the reality so many who look like him experience every day of their lives and who are small business owners the same as him.

Nor can he expect people to take him seriously by making blanket attacks about Critical Race Theory, a legal concept taught at Law Schools and not in public schools. Senator, you know better (or at least you should), and you know this is nothing more than a fictitious controversy designed by Ron DeSantis and your Party to abrogate the current teaching process and replace it with your Party’s version of indoctrination you accuse Democrats of doing.

Tim Scott will never be President. He doesn’t have what it takes to confront the realities of the lies of those who call themselves believers and supporters of freedom, justice, and liberty. In a way, I find it very discouraging. Why, you might ask? I would think the answer would be obvious. But, the time when Scott’s Republican Party would have welcomed and supported a Black candidate like him has passed. When the Dixiecrats joined the Republican Party, some relatively strong forces managed to keep them under control. That is no longer the case, nor is it the desire of what used to be a sensible Republican Party. The Republican Party Tim Scott believes he is part of is a figment of – and others like him – his imagination.

His comments about the country not being racist are disproven by historical actions. When the first settlers from Europe set foot in the pristine new world, it allowed them to exercise the racism they experienced from their former fellow citizens. Sadly, the seeds of hate, superiority, and retribution took root in this new world they would eventually call The United States of America.   

So, for Timothy Eugene Scott, the junior Senator from South Carolina, to say the US is not a racist country is showing he is a Goddam liar who is stupid beyond belief with absolutely zero chance of becoming the second Black President of this country—a fact he proved in the first Republican debate.

There may come a time when Scott will realize the folly of his ways. I’m not holding my breath because he has been drinking long and hard from the trough of you-to-ism of Republican lies, and based on his performance in the first Republican debate, he showed no signs he is willing to leave the cult that calls itself the Republican Party that continues lying about the US not being a racist country when they know it is.

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If Tim Scott actually did believe in the Eisenhower/Reagan Republican Party, that seems to be well over now. Like the rest of the unprincipled Repubs, his focus is solely on winning over the radical extremists that make up at least half of their party and a majority of their activists.

Like any politician running for office, you have to pick a unique lane for yourself to appeal to voters in a way the other candidates may not. Unfortunately for Repubs, there is only one lane so all you can do is be a different flavor of authoritarian.

In Scott’s case, he’s chosen to pour his cup of MAGA Authoritarianism into a mug with GW Bush’s face on it. The “Compassionate Conservative” mug but it still holds the same intolerant and oppressive MAGA brew.

He talks about “bringing the country together” then spills his mug of madness and declares that as president, he would be a dictator over blue states on abortion and declare what women can and can’t do in those states.

As to his embrace of racism and his rejection of Affirmative Action, recognizing institutional racism, recognizing the racism and bigotry of his party and their cult leader, Scott has chosen to be the “special” person of color to the white Republican leaders and base, along with Vivek Ramaswamy, Byron Donalds, etc. who see the niche of espousing the same bigotry against minorities that the white Republicans do but as a person of color, as a rewarding role that puts them on the RW pedestal.

Of course, they are just exploiting that desire of racists in the GOP to have a facade to hide behind, “I can’t be racist, I like Tim Scott!”

But going back to MLK Jr.’s familiar quote about the content of character being what one should be judged on instead of skin color, if you strip away the racial identity of Scott and the others, they are simply regurgitating the same racist arguments as their white colleagues. Their history and experience and the insight that they should have as growing up in a society with institutionalized racism, has been packed up, buried in a hole deep in their psyche and buried because it is an obstacle to their greed for power and money.

I don’t think Scott actually believes the majority of racist policies he espouses, I think he sees it all as a means to an end to keep ignorant Repub voters re-electing him and fulfilling his greed for attention, money and power.

What’s hard for most Americans who are reasonable people, is to look at people who present themselves as one thing, due to how consumed they are by greed, and recognize that they are just opportunists who only say things and represent themselves one way or another, insincerely and only for personal gain.

Just as most Repub politicians secretly moan about Trump but publicly praise him, the GOP is filled with dishonest and “performing” people who say and do what they say and do purely to get what they want, they have no principles and no genuine philosophies in life other than to benefit themselves.

To me, Tim Scott is just another one of these Repubs but worse to the extent that he has leveraged being black to attack what’s in the best interests of America and people of color, because it makes him a novelty.


I hate to state the obvious but since Scott is a Republican, they all lie about something. Some of them lie about everything. Now after stating that I want to commend you on your well thought out and well said article. I love the way you spelled out each way that the United States is still a racist country. And I am with you, I find it very discouraging that the US is still a racist country. I thought we were making progress in the 60s but it seems like that progress has been reversed. Don’t misunderstand. I don’t think we erased racism in the 60s. But I did think we were making progress. But since I’m a white person I may have seen it from wholly different place than you.And I am with you, I find it very discouraging that the US is still a racist country. I thought we were making progress in the 60s but it seems like that progress has been reversed.

TW, thank you for writing such interesting and factual articles. Hope to see you on Vox soon.