If it were a Republican who had called a Democrat an “Oreo” or another unacceptable racist epithet, the GOP would have no other choice to accept his resignation. The media uproar would be deafening. It would be 24/7 news. There would be numerous CNN guests reflecting on how racist the Republican Party is and how the inappropriate comments reflect an unspoken attitude in the party as a whole.
But instead, Gary O’Connor, the Lamar County Democratic Party chair who called South Carolina Tim Scott an “oreo” after his rebuttal to Joe Biden’s Joint Address to Congress, is running into resistance within his own party submitting his resignation. The Lamar County Democratic Party has not accepted O’Connor’s resignation, according to a statement obtained by the Texas Tribune.
“The Lamar County Democratic Party is not accepting the resignation of its chair after he reportedly used the slur ‘oreo’ to describe U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who is Black, in a now-deleted Facebook post,” the Tribune reported.
“Representatives of the Lamar County Democrats met Tuesday to consider the resignation of Gary O’Connor, the Lamar County Democratic Party chair. However, the party said in a statement that they decided not to accept the resignation after taking the ‘last few days to reflect upon this incident’,” the report continued.
“Lamar County Democrats recommit ourselves to conduct our private conversations and our public social media discussions with anti-racist, pro-reconciling attitudes and language,” the statement added. “We strongly condemn bigotry of any kind and will continue our historic efforts to work for justice and equality for all our fellow citizens.”
O’Connor had written in the now-deleted Facebook post that: “Scott might show some common sense, but it seems clear he is little more than an oreo with no real principles.”
The definition of an “oreo,” according to its slang usage is, “a Black person who is regarded as having adopted the attitudes, values, and behavior thought to be characteristic of middle-class white society, often at the expense of their own heritage.” After Senator Scott’s rebuttal speech, he was also called by a similar smear “Uncle Tim,” a variation of “Uncle Tom,” which means “a black man considered to be excessively obedient or servile to white people.” That trended on Twitter for several hours.
On Sunday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott lashed out against O’Connor’s slur against Tim Scott and called for O’Connor’s resignation and censure.
“This is disgusting, hateful, and completely unacceptable. O’Connor must apologize to @SenatorTimScott & step down immediately,” Abbott tweeted. “Texas Democrats censure him.”
Senator Scott had drawn the left’s ire by rebutting to Biden that America is not a racist country. And to show Tim Scott that he was wrong, Democrats flocked to social media to unleash racist epithets against him.
In some ways, the Lamar County Democratic Party refusing to accept a party official’s resignation for uttering a racist epithet is worse than the slur itself. It truly is reflective of the Democratic Party’s attitude as a whole.
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