“We had a very concerted effort, because this is not a political moment,” said Rep. Leah Daughtry, executive producer of the commemoration. “This was about us coming together as a community, so we wanted to be sure that we had all political representations,” Daughtry said. “We attempted very vigorously to have someone from the GOP participate and unfortunately they were unable to find someone who was able to participate.”
And because the Republicans refused to attend, they must be racist, or as she puts it, “The fact that no leading Republican bothered to attend the 50th anniversary commemoration shows how far to the right they’ve moved on race.” But here is the Republican side, which Walsh doesn’t give explicitly but which she alludes to, namely that a black Republican senator was not invited. Why not? Here’s what she said: “The fact is, the organizers were reaching out to national GOP leaders, and Scott is not one of them. His hostility to everything the Congressional Black Caucus stands for also makes him an unlikely and provocative choice as speaker.”
But the earlier quote doesn’t say that they were reaching out to “national GOP leaders.” The quote by Daughtry merely says they tried to have “someone” from the GOP participate. And the second reason is just as bad, since Daughtry says that “this was not a political moment”; if so, then there was no reason not to invite Scott, even if he is hostile to “everything the Congressional Black Caucus stands for.” Look, either it’s political, or it isn’t. Either it’s about “coming together as a community,” or it isn’t. If the former, then Scott should have been invited. It’s as simple as that. The other Republicans had every right to decline the invitations, which had nothing to do with racism.