Ed Driscoll

Racism Straight Up

If you call progress electing a person with the pigmentation that he has, who votes against the interest and aspirations of 95 percent of the black people in South Carolina, then I guess that’s progress.

—Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) today. Here’s the back story, from Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell:

On Tuesday evening, interim Republican Sen. Tim Scott won South Carolina’s special election to fill the remaining two years of retired Sen. Jim DeMint‘s term. Despite that electoral victory making Scott the first black senator elected by South Carolina, fellow South Carolinian James Clyburn is not impressed.

Speaking with the Washington Post, Clyburn, who is a black Democratic congressman, said:

If you call progress electing a person with the pigmentation that he has, who votes against the interest and aspirations of 95 percent of the black people in South Carolina, then I guess that’s progress.

Paradoxically, on Monday, Clyburn told MSNBC that when it comes to President Obama, “with a lot of people, I don’t care what he does, he’s not going to be acceptable because of his skin color.”

As blogger Andrew McCoy tweeted today after Clyburn’s disgusting remark towards Scott, “For some people it will always be 1958.”

Just ask Charlie Rangel.

Update: But of course: “Liberals Trash First Black Republican Woman Mia Love As Traitor To Her Race.”