Mobbing occurs when bullies gang up to drive out an individual who is perceived to have a weakness or to silence that person by inflicting psychological pain.
This is what happened to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, after he delivered a thoughtful and respectful response to Democratic President Joe Biden’s address to the nation on Wednesday.
Mobbing is a scurrilous form of harassment that, in this case, was clearly intended to discredit Scott’s speech by attacking his racial identity.
Scott is the lone GOP African American in the U.S. Senate.
Liberal progressive “thinkers” seem to find it acceptable to use a racist slur to refer to an African American politician simply because he has a different vision for how to address racial problems that have resisted resolution in America for many decades.
After Scott’s speech, a hashtag began trending on Twitter – #UncleTim. This refers to the term “Uncle Tom” and was intended to portray Scott as a black man who is excessively subservient to white people. Scott was ridiculed in thousands of tweets for 11 hours until Twitter finally shut it down.
The Bishop of a Christian denomination who also is president of the Springfield, MA, chapter of the NAACP wrote a series of tweets Thursday that were not taken down by Twitter . In one, he said “Uncle Tim Scott” was engaged in “sycophantic boot licking.”
A black cartoonist drew a cartoon headlined, “Uncle Tim Scott,” that portrays the Senator with white lips and a big red bow tie with flies buzzing around him. The cartoon was still on Facebook on Thursday; 75 people “liked” it, though a few had the courage to name it for what it is (racist).
Let’s not forget taxpayer-subsidized National Public Radio, which took it upon itself to “annotate” Scott’s address. (That’s a much nicer term than “fact check.”)
Scott is a proponent of school choice, which would give African American children an alternative to poorly run urban public schools. Scott noted private and religious schools opened months ago while public schools remained closed. “[M]illions of kids have lost a year of learning when they could not afford to lose a day. Locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of their future,” said Scott.
He called the pandemic the “clearest case for school choice in our lifetime.”
NPR informs us Scott’s statement wrongly “implies that Biden or the U.S. government is responsible for keeping schools closed… ” Readers are told these decisions are made at the district or state level, but the annotator adds, “Biden had also promised to reopen schools, a pledge that was easier said than done.”
(NPR goes on to defend Biden’s certifiably idiotic border policy, claiming Biden is not responsible for “what the GOP” (apparently not NPR) calls the border “crisis.” This, even though Biden stopped construction of the wall, put out a welcome mat for unaccompanied children and has released tens of thousand migrant families into the country without any COVID-19 testing.
What does it take for a man to stand up and speak his truth to a heckling, vicious, closed-minded crowd that will sink to any level to silence him?
From my perspective, Scott is a man of great courage.