A day after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told an audience of college students that the country focuses too much on race, an Alabama State Representative took to the House floor to first criticize Thomas' interracial marriage, and then call him “Uncle Tom.”
Thomas, the second black justice to serve on the court, told students at Palm Beach Atlantic University that people people are much more hyper race- and difference-conscious today than they were in the pre-Civil Rights era in Savannah, Georgia. He said he has experienced poorer treatment and discrimination on account of his race in the North than in the South.
Via Yahoo News:
“The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. The absolute worst I have ever been treated,” Thomas said. “The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia.”
According to Tweets by Alabama news reporters Mary Sell and Tim Lockette, State Representative Alvin Holmes (who is also black) then used Thomas' speech as an opportunity to criticize his interracial marriage and then call Thomas an “Uncle Tom” - while on the statehouse floor to discuss a bill about land surveying.
Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, just said on House floor that he doesn't like Clarence Thomas because “he's married to a white woman.”
— Mary Sell (@DD_MarySell) February 11, 2014
Holmes: "I said I don't like him at all because he is an Uncle Tom." Says his comment about interracial marriage was misinterpreted.— Tim Lockette (@TLockette_Star) February 11, 2014
And how would he work Thomas into a speech about land surveying? By making up a story that Thomas was a failed land surveyor before law school, of course. He later attempted to walk back his comments about Thomas' marriage, saying they were misinterpreted.
If there was a more eloquent way of legitimizing Thomas' comments, I couldn't think of one. With the country's hyper-sensitivity and prevalent race-baiting culture (think MSNBC), we have become a nation where any talk of race issues is immediately criticized if doesn't fit the liberal mold. Political correctness is the norm, and those who speak outside of it are personally attacked.