The only black Republican Senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, has just entered the race for the Presidency.
With only five black Republican House members and Scott the only black Republican Senator, the Republican Party does not have the image of caring about African Americans.
So the question arises whether Scott has any possility of becoming the Republican nominee for the White House.
With South Carolina being a crucial state in the battle for the nomination of both parties, he might have an avenue to advance, but also has to deal with the woman who chose him originally to fill an open Senate seat a decade ago, then Governor and later United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who has already announced her own Presidential candidacy,
And Donald Trump has the backing of the South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Senator Lindsey Graham, so these complexities make one wonder if Scott has any chance to move forward.
Scott comes across as likeable to his own Republican Senate colleagues, with South Dakota Senator John Thune, the Minority Whip, endorsing him, and even New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker praising him as a colleague across the aisle.
His announcement was inspiring to those who think conservative government is the best, and have no issue with his promotion of Christianity in government.
But such viewpoints are not inspirational to anyone, such as this author and blogger, who believes in progressive and liberal values.
Scott will make the race more interesting for sure, but one has to wonder how Donald Trump will treat him in language and behavior, as the former President’s racism may, once again, show up in his rhetoric.