2014 is the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer” the huge voter registration project in Mississippi focused on registering black voters during the summer of 1964. In her tweet about Freedom Summer, Washington DC delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton made reference to Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran needing the votes of black Democrats to win his runoff election with tea party challenger Chris McDaniel.
It’s not entirely clear what Norton’s point is, but she is either suggesting that black voters squandered their right to vote by helping a white senator or she is gloating over the white senator—who is obviously a racist, because Republican— needing black voters to win. Either way it’s the type of divisive rhetoric we expect from her.
Maybe she hasn’t noticed that the vast majority of her party’s senators are white.