Gay rights advocate and actor George Takei blasted US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a “clown in blackface.” Sorry, but this is offensive, no matter how much I disagree with the conservative SCOTUS justice.
“He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry,” the former “Star Trek” star said in an interview with Fox 10 this week in Phoenix, standing alongside his longtime partner and husband.
“For him to say slaves had dignity … I mean, doesn’t he know slaves were chained? That they were whipped on the back?” Takei asked. Source: The Hill
Clarence Thomas wrote in his dissent: “That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built. The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved.”
“Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them.” “And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.”
I get the point George Takei was trying to make, but slamming Thomas as a “clown in blackface” is really offensive and warrants an apology.
***UPDATE: George Takei issued an apology for calling Clarence Thomas a “clown in blackface:”
“I am reminded, especially on this July 4th holiday, that though we have the freedom to speak our minds, we must use that freedom judiciously. Each of us, as humans, have hot-button topics that can set-us off, and Justice Thomas had hit mine, that is clear. But my choice of words was regrettable, not because I do not believe Justice Thomas is deeply wrong, but because they were ad hominem and uncivil, and for that I am sorry.”