Since I mentioned Tim Scott in a post I wrote on the high number of racially motivated attacks on black Americans, I wanted to share with you something I read about the election of this fine man to Congress. Politico reported than the “89-year-old grandfather” of the Congressman-elect ‘was with him [on the] Tuesday night . . . he won a seat in South Carolina’s 1st District“. Born in 1921, Scott’s grandfathter would have thus, according to the Second Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution (later amended by the 26th), been eligible vote in 1942 .
Four years later, Strom Thurmond would win election as governor of the Palmetto State. It’s highly unlikely that Scott’s grandfather voted in that election despite his eligibility, given that Southern states then prevented most black citizens from registering to vote.
Sixty-four years after Scott’s grandfather likely was unable to vote in the contest electing Strom Thurmond to the chief executive officer of South Carolina, that old man would see his grandson defeat Thurmond’s son in the Republican primary for a congressional seat in that very state.
And given dissatisfaction on the right with the man who succeeded Thurmond in the U.S. Senate, four years hence, Tim Scott could well be the conservative choice to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the one-time champion of segregation.
Let us hope Tim Scott’s grandfather is around to vote for him in that election.