After the disastrous Election 2014, Republican National Committee (RNC) deputy press secretary Raffi Williams slammed the NAACP for ignoring newly elected African American candidates Mia Love (R-Utah) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
Mia Love is the first black Republican woman ever to be elected to Congress. Tim Scott is a U.S. senator from South Carolina, and the first black senator elected in the South since Reconstruction.
As for Raffi Williams’ outrage, here is what I have to say: I agree with him. The NAACP should acknowledge the accomplishments of these young people and they need to congratulate them. When did the NAACP become partisan? When did they start ignoring it when young black leaders make history?
And that goes for liberals, too. We certainly don’t agree with Mia Love’s politics, but aren’t we supposed to celebrate the success and advancement of women? Or is it only women we agree with who we’re supposed to support? Should we be excited for Tim Love, too? We’ll have plenty of time to slam the politics of these two young people; we are going to disagree with nearly everything they do. But this accomplishment transcends politics.
It’s not about politics in this case. It’s about progress, something we’re supposed to espouse and strive for.