There are times when certain individuals have more standing to speak on sensitive subjects. And when they do, often at great personal cost, they should be applauded.
Such was the case this week when Tim Scott, a notable black leader, senator and presidential candidate, publicly defended Republican Daniel Cameron against racist attack ads by his opponent, Andy Beshear. Cameron is running for governor of Kentucky.
Scott’s comments followed Beshear calling Cameron an “Uncle Tom.” Though the Uncle Tom character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book has many virtuous characteristics, Beshear’s use of the term was intended to demean Cameron. Scott called Beshear’s comments the “epitome of racism.”
The attack ads are part of a George Soros foundation-funded far-left Super PAC, Black Voters Matters, and infer that Cameron, the first black attorney general in Kentucky, is no friend of the black community, according to The Daily Wire.
Ads refer to Cameron as “Uncle Daniel Cameron” and cast him as a traitor to the black community by accusingly stating, “Skinfolk ain’t kinfolk.”
Scott, who became the first black senator in 150 years to be elected in the South, called out the racist ad. When Beshear refused to comment on or retract the ad, Scott said his silence “is despicable.”
Blasting racist tactics, Scott told The Daily Wire: “Why in the world would the governor of a state with the type of diversity he has, with the mantle the people have given him, remain silent? For one reason: Power. Unless it’s that he just authentically believes it all.”
“The simplest way to state what these yoyos are doing is race-baiting,” said Scott. “And feeding the fire for the purpose of power. They feel like they can do whatever it takes to divide the state of Kentucky, to fan the flames of racism, to be small, and to be so addicted to power that you will call that man, Uncle Tom.”
Beshear has attempted to avoid taking responsibility for the ad by telling the Lexington Herald-Leader that the ad was developed by “an African American-led PAC” and referred questions about the ad to them.
Beshear’s office noted: “The governor has opted to let [the PAC] comment for themselves.”
The PAC, however, doubled down on their racist attacks and in a second ad, associated Cameron with the evil character played by Samuel L. Jackson in the movie “Django Unchained.” That malevolent character was cruel to fellow slaves and was described by Jackson as the film’s “hateful negro.”
Concerned that the attack ads send a skewed and dangerous message to impressionable voters — particularly to black youth, Scott said:
“It’s a signal to every little kid growing up in Kentucky who happens to be brown, that if you stick your head up at all and espouse conservative virtues, you might be next. To think of the signal and the message that they’re sending, it’s just despicable.”
Cliff Albright, the co-founder of the PAC responsible for the ads, told radio host Roland Martin he had no regrets and that Cameron is a white supremacist:
“He has shown himself to be just as much of a threat to the black community as the staunchest white supremacists. You don’t have to be white to pursue and reinforce white supremacist policies. As we said in the ad, all skinfolk ain’t kinfolk,” Albright said.
Like Scott, Cameron has condemned the ad as “racist and hateful.” He told The Daily Wire:
“I never faced racism or discrimination while growing up or working in Kentucky until I decided to stand up to the national Democrat establishment. I don’t support their policies, so the left attacks me for my skin color.”
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