Rep. David Scott tells Fayette NAACP: ‘This election is our future’
Several hundred residents from Fayette County and beyond met Oct. 27 for the 15th annual Freedom Fund Banquet hosted by the Fayette County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The event was held at the Wyndham Conference Center in Peachtree City and featured Congressman David Scott.
Scott in his remarks combined the upcoming presidential election with a view back in time to the history of the NAACP. He laid the groundwork for his comments by citing the work of 19th century abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth.
“We’ve got to be a sojourner for truth,” Scott said, then bringing the Nov. 6 election into focus. “We’re faced with difficult days. You’ve got to make sure the first black president is not a one-term president. That’s our task. We’re the NAACP. This president has done a remarkable job.”
Scott also noted that healthcare in America is under threat.
“If we don’t get out and vote, the first order of business will be to repeal (Obamacare) if Romney is elected,” Scott said.
Scott likened current-day challenges to those faced by Joshua in the Bible. Calling Joshua the greatest general in history, Scott cited the 12 stones set up by Joshua in the Jordan River to illustrate what he called the 12 stones of the NAACP. Those stones included figures such as sociologist W.E.B Du Bois, baseball player Jackie Robinson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, civil rights activists Rosa Parks, Roy Wilkins and Medgar Evers, poet and columnist Langston Hughes and Mary Turner, a pregnant woman who was lynched and burned in Valdosta in 1918.
Returning to the upcoming election, Scott said, “This election is for our future.” Citing an example of the implications for the future, Scott said the next president will likely appoint the next two or three justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Advocating for a second term for Obama, Scott noted the necessity of having a tax code that is fair for everyone and the provision under Obamacare that requires insurance companies to accept pre-existing conditions. Scott using another example said AIDS is a pre-existing condition, one that is a leading cause of death among black women of child-bearing age.
The Freedom Fund Banquet was also the occasion for the presentation of annual awards. The 2012 Freedom Fighter Award went to longtime civil rights leader Rev. C.T. Vivian. The 2012 President’s Award recipient was Fayette County Democratic Party Chairman Arnold Martin, III. And three Community Service awards went to Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor, Fayette County School System Assistant Superintendent Sam Sweat and to Rev. BaSean Jackson on behalf of Fellowship of Love Church. Taylor’s award was accepted by his parents, Stephanie and Ian Taylor.