ICYMI: Scott Op-Ed on “Woke” Culture and Experience with Racism

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) penned an opinion piece published in The Washington Post warning about the dangers of “woke” culture and outlining his alternative vision for equality through opportunity. 

Opinion: Tim Scott: Let’s set the record straight on ‘woke supremacy’ and racism
The Washington Post
U.S. Senator Tim Scott
March 23, 2021

I was criticized in this newspaper last week for saying that “woke supremacy” is as bad as white supremacy.

My comments, of course, were not comparing the long history of racial hate to the very short history of wokeism. That would be ludicrous. I am painfully aware that four centuries of racism, bigotry and killings does not compare to the nascent woke movement. As a country, we continue to pay a heavy price for our original sin.

My comments were a sound-bite-length reaction to yet another media figure accusing me of being a token for Republicans. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard that type of slur. I spoke out because I am gravely concerned for our future if we ignore either type of supremacy — both of which are rooted in racism or discrimination.

Criticism has included the suggestion that I and other Republicans are “living proof that neither racial nor gender diversity is a guarantor of progressive, inclusive and broad-minded thinking. Diversity, much in vogue, has its limits.” In other words, my ideology does not match that which they prescribe based on my complexion.

That is woke supremacy. It is the “tolerant” left’s intolerance for dissent. It is a progressive conception of diversity that does not include diversity of thought. It is discrimination falsely marketed as inclusion.


Click HERE to read the full op-ed.