The US sure can be strange about race:
An African-American from the conservative South could be appointed to the US Senate for the first time in more than a century this week. However, that would be no cause for celebration, according to civil rights leaders.
When a Republican senator from South Carolina unexpectedly resigned last week, Tim Scott, a black congressman from Charleston, emerged as the favourite to fill his seat.
Brought up by a single mother in abject poverty, Mr Scott has dismantled a series of cultural barriers in the state that first revolted against a ban on slavery. He made history in winning election to the city council in Charleston and has continued to rack up firsts in a remarkable political career.
He is unlikely, however, to take up a prominent place in the civil rights pantheon. “I would acknowledge the fact that he was the first senator of colour, I would not really consider him to be the first African-American senator,” said the Rev Joseph Darby, a prominent black leader in Charleston, the city where the civil war began. Mr Darby added that Mr Scott’s political views did nothing to help the African-American community. In short: he is a conservative Republican.
Reminds me of 5 years ago. Barack Obama wasn’t really an African American. Because, despite being both African and American, he just wasn’t, you know?