On Tuesday two historic events took place involving black running from office.
In Utah a land where over 60% of the population is Mormon (a religion that has an ahem, interesting history with black Americans) elected Mia Love to congress. She becomes the first black republican woman ever elected to the house of representatives.
Meanwhile 2000 miles to the east in South Carolina, the birthplace of Secession, Republican Tim Scott because the first black Senator of either party, to be elected from the south since reconstruction.
If one wanted to trace the history of progress of the Black community in America these would both be notable events.
However the NAACP apparently doesn’t agree:
There is no mention of Tim Scott or Mia Love’s historic wins this election cycle in the statement. As you can see, it’s mostly about the Voting Rights Act.
Townhall has reached out again via email to see if the NAACP will like to specifically comment on Love and Scott’s wins last Tuesday, which made history.
Michelle Nealy, who works in the organization’s communications office, said in an email:
The NAACP is a nonpartisan organization that looks forward to working with the new Congress.
can we take a moment to understand how the @NAACP didnt congratulate the first black person ever elected to both the House and Senate?
— Raffi Williams (@Raffiwilliams) November 6, 2014
However Rep James Clyburn was blunt:
But in an interview with the Washington Post back in May, Congressman Clyburn thought this was nonsense.
“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,” Clyburn told the Post.
You might recall he had little better to say about Clarence Thomas.
Now I’m sure that the people would argue that it’s not the color of the skin but the content of one’s character that matters therefore the NAACP has an argument about not acknowledging Scott or Love in a public way, that is of course if they consider being a member of the GOP beyond the pale.
The only problem with making that kind of argument is that I seem to recall back in the days when my traffic was better, the type of politicians the NAACP feel are worth defending:
The NAACP, New England Area Conference (NEAC), respectfully requests that the Massachusetts House of Representatives abstain from voting in the matter of the expulsion of Representative Carlos Henriquez, expected to come before the House today. In the alternative, Members of the House are asked to vote against the expulsion of their colleague.
Carlos Henriquez? Hmmm Carlos Henriquez? If you are a regular reader of the MSM you might not recall who he is. Let me inform you that Carlos Henriquez is the son of Son of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing for the Obama administration who ran for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2012, the year of the war on women. However five months before the election…
in July of 2012 he was charged with Kidnapping and assault of a woman. In Sept the kidnapping charge was dropped but the other charges remained pending.
Strangely enough this took place at the height of the entire “War on Women Meme” was being advanced by the press however as Mr. Henriquez has a (D) next to his name the media didn’t find those charges reflective of the War on Women meme so not only did it get very little press, but even with the charges hanging over him he ran for re-election and won by 46 points! in his overwhelmingly Democrat Boston district.
As my former co-host Joe Mangiacotti said during an interview with Kirsten Hughes Chairwoman of the GOP:
According to police he choked and punched Catherine Gonzalez in the Summer of 2012 that was his, he took her for a ride and took her cell phone she was, drove her to Boston she was able to escape the vehicle and call the police
He was then convicted of the charges with the judge saying at sentencing:
“When a woman tells you she doesn’t want to have sex, that means she does not want to have sex.”,
However Rep Henriquez refused to resign and continued to work from his jail cell:
DaSilva said Henriquez’s office is fielding four or five constituent calls a day, mostly from people concerned about cuts to unemployment benefits. She said Henriquez also has been reviewing budget amendments, though she would not say which.
But it wasn’t until a month later that the Massachusetts House, overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats finally decided to vote on expelling him from their body.
And it was then that the NAACP decided to spring into action. They wrote in his defense to the Great & General Court (the Massachusetts House) imploring them not to expel the convicted representative:
Why on earth would they do this?
There are two basis on which NEAC makes the request. Firstly, the matter of expulsion is premature since Representative Henriquez’s case is under appeal. The House of Representatives must respect the Massachusetts judicial process and let Representative Henriquez’s case before the Appeals Court proceed, without jumping to judgment before the appellate decision is rendered.
Seriously? A conviction isn’t good enough, he has to lose the appeal as well. Cripes with a good set of lawyers to delay the process he could stay long enough to become speaker.
Secondly, while NEAC respects the jury’s decision, there is currently no rule for expulsion that applies to misdemeanor convictions. Representative Henriquez was duly elected by the electorate and there is no legal basis upon which the House of Representatives can properly act.
While the MSM never bothered to cover this story, the internet is forever.
So let’s recap. Massachusetts State Representative Carlos Henriquez: convicted of assaulting a women, admonished by a judge about no meaning no who is a democrat and the son of an Obama secretary, worthy of a written defense by the NAACP to keep him in his seat.
US Senator Tim Scott & Mia Love, both elected winning historic elections in areas where blacks had been suppressed or diminished, not worth a mention.
This is the what the NAACP has become.
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