Earlier today, party of racism senator, Dick Durbin (D-IL) cavalierly dismissed a black senator’s proposed law enforcement reform bill as being a “token” effort.
Imagine that, a white Democrat powerbroker who has been a senator for over 23 years demeaning the measured recommendations of a black man. Somewhere Frederick Douglass is sighing.
On Wednesday, Republicans unveiled their police reform bill, largely relying on the input of black GOP Senator Tim Scott (R-SC):
The GOP legislation would beef up requirements for law enforcement to compile use-of-force reports under a new George Floyd and Walter Scott Notification Act, named for the Minnesota man whose May 25 death sparked worldwide protests over police violence, and Scott, a South Carolina man shot by police after a traffic stop in 2015. Scott is not related to the senator.
It would also establish the Breonna Taylor Notification Act to track “no-knock” warrants. The 26-year-old was killed this year after police in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky used a no-knock warrant to enter her Louisville home.
Focusing on ending chokeholds, the legislation encourages agencies to do away with the practice or risk losing federal funds — but does not require them to do so. Many big city departments have long stopped the use. The legislation also provides funding for training to “de-escalate” situations and establish a “duty to intervene” protocol to prevent excessive force.
The #JUSTICEAct works to restore the broken trust between communities and color and law enforcement through three essential pieces: reform, accountability, and transparency.
The time to act is now!
We hear you America, and the JUSTICE Act provides solutions! pic.twitter.com/wRA8ygEq0y
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 17, 2020
Upon presentation of the bill, Senate Minority Whip Durbin reacted with an immediate dog whistle towards his black colleague…
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (Democrat, Illinois) pushed a racist dog whistle on the Senate floor this morning, using the word "token" while discussing the Sen. Tim Scott led bill on police reform. pic.twitter.com/dvrNpfBpkE
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 17, 2020
Sen. Scott fired back…
And don’t throw “you’re the only black guy they know” at me either. There are only two black Democratic Senators, stop pretending there’s some huge racial diversity gap in the Senate. Ask my Dem colleagues what their staffs look like…I guarantee you won’t like the answer.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 10, 2020
Scott: “Not surprising the last 24 hours have seen a lot of ‘token’ ‘boy’ or ‘you’re being used’ in my mentions.”
“Let me get this straight…you DON’T want the person who has faced racial profiling by police, been pulled over dozens of times, or been speaking out for YEARS drafting this?”
“And don’t throw ‘you’re the only black guy they know’ at me either. There are only two black Democratic Senators, stop pretending there’s some huge racial diversity gap in the Senate.”
” Ask my Dem colleagues what their staffs look like…I guarantee you won’t like the answer.”
Oh, and Republicans would have an equal number of black senators if racist Democrats had not spent tens of millions of dollars to defeat John James, an outstanding candidate, in Michigan in order to return three-term, do nothing Debbie Stabenow to the senate.