Senator Tim Scott’s rebuttal of the Presidential address to congress has merited many accolades and positive trickle-down effects, but for Texans, possibly the most delightful is the way in which it led to one of its highest-ranking and most powerful Democrats to step down.
The path to demonize came at somewhat of a personal cost to Scott, however, who has had to suffer countless instances of racial attacks by the party that claims to want to advocate for those who count themselves among minorities.
However, in the case of one of the leaders of the Texas Democratic Party, his true colors were shown when he called Scott an “oreo,” which is a slur often used to refer to a Black person who is seen to be acting like they’re not white (whatever that means exactly).
Lamar County Democratic Party Chairman Gary O’Connor told The Washington Examiner on Tuesday morning that he was resigning after several other state leaders called his comments “disgusting.”
“I am deeply and sincerely sorry for my inappropriate and hurtful use of racist term I used to describe Sen. Tim Scott on my personal Facebook page. It was insensitive, and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use,” O’Connor said.
“As a result, I feel compelled to offer my resignation as chair of the Lamar County Democratic Party for consideration by the County Executive Committee,” he said.
The Democratic leader was one of many who have lashed out at the Black Republicans who broke ranks with many of his fellow minorities, who have aligned themselves with the party of progressives.
Questions as to why they have done so swirl in many minds, considering Democrats sorted history of standing against rights for Black Americans. Democrats have stood against every major advancement for Black people in this country. They stood against freeing slaves, they stood against civil rights, they stood against school integration, and now, they stand against any Black person having a mind of their own.
O’Connor was no exception, carrying on his party’s legacy of lashing out at a Black person who got out of line saying on his personal social media, “I had hoped that Scott might show some common sense, but it seems clear he is little more than an oreo with no real principles,”
To be fair to O’Connor, he probably thought that his fellow party members had his back in their “might makes right” tact of canceling those who don’t do as they say. After all, the slur “Uncle Tim,” a play on “Uncle Tom,” was trending on Twitter after the South Carolina Republicans speech.
But, O’Connor found out the hard way that if you live by the cancelation sword, you’re likely to die by it as well.
Texas’ Republican governor also carried on his party’s history of standing up for minorities, saying, “This is disgusting, hateful, and completely unacceptable. O’Connor must apologize to @SenatorTimScott & step down immediately,” Abbott tweeted Saturday. “@texasdemocrats censure him.”
Scott has yet to retract his comments from last Wednesday when he indicated that he still believes in this nation, and its people:
“I’m an African American who has voted in the South all my life,” Scott said concerning Georgia’s new election integrity law. “I take voting rights personally. Republicans support making it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”
“Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.”
Do you hear that Democrats? Scott isn’t going to be bullied, so you might want to check yourselves before you wreck yourselves. There’s (apparently) a fine line between Maxine Waters and Gary O’Connor, and if you get on the wrong side of it, you might find yourself in the line for unemployment.