The president of the North Carolina NAACP took a swipe at critics who took issue with him calling Republican Tim Scott a puppet for his party. Last week, Reverend William Barber II said “a ventriloquist can always find a good dummy” in reference to the South Carolina lawmaker, one of two black senators.
Speaking in Asheville, N.C., on Wednesday, Barber said people should be more upset with “extremist politics” than his comments. “The question is not so much having all this indignation over a metaphor,” he said. “The issue is not the problem with the metaphor.”
“What people should have righteous indignation over is the pain and the misery that is being caused by extremist politics,” Barber explained.
Earlier in the week, the NAACP stood by Barber’s remarks, saying that “politicians, whether they be black or white, should not be echoing the position of the far right.” The organization claimed Scott and others like him were not honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scott has dismissed the attacks, saying that “Barber will remind me and others of what not to do” in honoring the legacy of King. “Instead, I will honor the memory of Dr. King by being proactive in holding the door for others and serving my fellow man,” he said.