Letters to the Editor

Mark E. Sullivan: Sen. Tim Scott’s long-range view

Regarding the Nov. 17 column “What Scott’s appeal to the South’s white voters says”: .

The writer was even-handed and detailed in his description of the politics practiced by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, even citing Booker T. Washington’s “Up From Slavery” as a basis for Scott’s stance on the value of hard work, personal initiative and education.

The writer thinks the senator’s relative silence on instances of local racial injustice may hurt him with black constituents because he would not “represent their particular interests as black Americans.” Perhaps Scott believes that, as a national legislator, he should be focused on the issues of federal law, rules and politics for which the voters elected him.

Maybe he recognizes incidents of tragic violence (the civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., the killing of Trayvon Martin) as matters best addressed by local leaders rather than by the remarks of those far from the scene.

In fact, maybe the colorblind conservatism of Scott will prove a benefit to all of his constituents, not just those of one race. Maybe he is leading us to a day and time when, without reference to “black constituencies” or “the politics of color” – whether black or white – we can reject the pols who talk about representing the particular interest of black Americans in favor of all Americans. Isn’t that what Booker T. Washington would have wanted?

Mark E. Sullivan