Palmetto State Republicans are patting themselves on the back today for having the courage to elect a black man to the U.S. Senate. It was a courageous act of course. Not only did the Republicans have to ignore their instincts, they had to vote for a career politician who doesn’t have a single legislative victory under his belt other than getting elected to public office. 

Few are willing to admit it, but Scott has done little to distinguish himself as an elected official — and that’s counting the one time he actually tried to do something and push to have the Ten Commandments displayed inside Charleston County Council chambers. Still, that’s not stopping the state press from popping the champagne and celebrating racial progress in South Carolina.

Sadly, Scott’s victory is far from a victory for blacks. Over the course of his career, Sen. Scott has distinguished himself by being the lone black leader in the state to fall in line behind any measure the white establishment supports, no matter if those actions harm or offend the state’s black population.

It didn’t have to be this way, of course. Scott could have inspired a much-needed sea change in this one-party state. As first a Congressman and now a senator, he could have encouraged his white brethren in the SCGOP to change their ways. He could have been a truly positive force in South Carolina politics instead of a token player. Truth be told, Tim Scott could have been the most important leader the Palmetto State has ever had. He could have:

  • Personally led the charge to help schools in South Carolina’s so-called Corridor of Shame 
  • Protested a Sons of Confederate Veterans gala celebrating the 150 anniversary of secession
  • Condemned state Sen. Jake E. Knotts for calling Nikki Haley and Obama “ragheads” 
  • Brokered a deal to remove the Confederate flag from S.C. Statehouse grounds 
  • Shamed Nikki Haley’s campaign for having a white supremacist on their team 
  • Spoke out against CofC president Glenn McConnell, a supporter of BBQ baron and slavery lover Maurice Bessinger 
  • Criticized S.C. Lt. Gov.-elect Henry McMaster for being a member of a whites-only country club
  • Blasted Newt Gingrich for calling Obama a Kenyan anti-colonialist and food stamp president 
  • Ripped into his fellow GOPers for passing Voter ID laws designed to disenfranchise black voters
  • Tried to unite black and white America during the height of the Ferguson protests 
  • Voiced his opinion about racial hot button issues, like the death of Trayvon Martin 

When it comes to Tim Scott, in the end we’re left with one question: Does he truly believe in a colorblind society or is he just a coward?