North Carolina’s NAACP president William Barber II disparaged Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the lone black Republican in the Senate, in his Martin Luther King Day speech.

Barber said that “a ventriloquist can always find a good dummy”, and “the extreme right wing down here in South Carolina finds a black guy to be senator, and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction…and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party”

Scott called the remarks “absolutely ridiculous”, and spelled out one of his many reasons for holding his specific political persuasion:

“The best and brightest opportunities aren’t found by looking for the government to bring them to you, but is found by looking in the mirror and blaming yourself if you don’t succeed,” Scott responded.

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