Last time we checked in with House Majority Whip Rep. James E. Clyburn, the South Carolina Democrat had just received the “Barrier Breaker” Award from the NAACP for having attained the highest-ranking position of any black in Congress. That was in March.
Now we read:
“My father was a Republican,” declared Mr. Clyburn, when questioned by a reporter for the Orangeburg (S.C.) Times and Democrat about the “Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican” national billboard campaign launched by the National Black Republican Association (NBRA) in Orangeburg, the congressman’s hometown.
“Representative Clyburn’s stunning admission is a testament to the success of our billboard campaign thus far,” reacts NBRA Chairman Frances Rice. “We are making great strides with recapturing the Republican Party’s civil rights heritage and [. . .] [finding] some signs of progress with our effort to get Democrats to apologize to blacks for the Democratic Party’s horrendous racism.”