This week has been a bad one for the left. The meltdown after both the Hobby Lobby and Harris v. Quinn cases yesterday put the tolerance of the left on full display. Liberals took to their Twitter and other forms of media to vent their frustration. Some even hilariously went after SCOTUSBlog, a privately run blog independent of the Supreme Court.
But now the “opened-mindedness” crowd has found a new target: black conservatives.
Black conservatives have increasingly faced racial attacks from those on the left since the 2012 elections. The first major victim was Stacey Dash, who came out in support of Mitt Romney before the election. Then North Carolina NAACP head Reverend Will Barber, head of the Occupy Wall Street-like “Moral Mondays,” made racially charged remarks against Tim Scott, a black Republican senator from South Carolina, calling him an a puppet for conservatives. Now in Florida, things have taken a turn from heated rhetoric to acts of appalling vandalism.
Enter Glo Smith, an African American running for Congress in an overwhelmingly liberal district against entrenched incumbent Corrine Brown. Over the weekend, the race took an ugly turn. According to National Review: “A Florida Republican congressional candidate’s campaign sign was vandalized with whiteface paint last week in a district with overwhelmingly Democratic voter registration.” A picture of the sign is included, along with this tweet from the candidate’s campaign account.
Smith, however, was not deterred by the vandalism: “We expect signs to be tampered with or stolen,” she said, “but not to this extent.” Further: “I’ve got too much work to focus on to be bothering with things like this. People are ready for a change. Corrine Brown has been there for more than 20 years.”
It’s a shame that African Americans, almost forty-one years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, are still facing discrimination because of the color of their skin—and, in these cases, the policies they support. The fact that people are supposed to vote or think a certain way because of their skin color, gender, religion, or sexual orientation is a medieval idea at best.