The NAACP is technically an organization which seeks the advancements of all African-Americans, but the organization is not getting out the confetti or champagne to celebrate Rep. Tim Scott’s appointment to the U.S. Senate.
The appointment will make Scott the only black U.S. Senator, and the first ever to come out of South Carolina.
Hilary Shelton, senior vice president for advocacy and policy at the NAACP, told right wing blog The Daily Caller that the organization welcomes diversity, but feels Scott will work against its agenda.
“It is important that we have more integration in the U.S. Senate,” said Shelton in a phone interview. “It’s good to see that diversity.”
“Mr. Scott certainly comes from a modest background, experience, and so forth, and should be sensitive to those issues,” he said, referencing the fact that Scott was raised by a single mother.
“Unfortunately, his voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives raises major concerns,” Shelton said.
Shelton said the NAACP sees a greater role for government in the black community, and Scott would likely work against that.
“Small government usually means, as it’s being described these days, the elimination of the role of government and support for initiatives and programs that are crucial for the African-American community,” Shelton said.
Shelton concluded, saying, Scott has “has demonstrated a record of opposition to civil rights protection and advancing those real issues of concern of the NAACP’s noted African-American community,”