I won’t be holding my breath waiting for the liberal outcry against George Takei for the racist comments he made regarding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recently. After all, the liberal black community (who generally gin up the race-baiting anger and hysteria) made some pretty horrible racial remarks about Thomas themselves in the past. The difference is, on those occasions, it was a liberal African-American calling Justice Thomas and “Uncle Tom” and worse… this time it’s George Takei, who isn’t remotely African-American. Will the liberal outrage machine pounce? Or will they simply let this ugly racist comment slide, since Takei is gay and a liberal, so obviously he doesn’t mean it in a racist way? (Dripping sarcasm…)
Here’s what Takei said during an interview with Fox News 10 out of Phoenix on Thursday:
He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there. And for him to say, slaves have dignity. I mean, doesn’t he know that slaves were in chains? That they were whipped on the back. If he saw the movie 12 Years a Slave, you know, they were raped. And he says they had dignity as slaves or – My parents lost everything that they worked for, in the middle of their lives, in their 30s. His business, my father’s business, our home, our freedom and we’re supposed to call that dignified? Marched out of our homes at gun point. I mean, this man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.”
This is wrong in so many ways, but let me let Allahpundit from HotAir explain why Takei is wrong on the “dignity” issue.
Your dignity doesn’t depend on what the state thinks of you, countered Thomas. Each life has inherent dignity that the state can’t destroy even with severe depredations. It can tell you that you’re property but God says you’re a human being, and that’s that. His point was a variation on Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous line that “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” which is simplistic in an extreme case of oppression like slavery or internment but valuable as a defense of the essential humanity of exploited people. All Thomas was saying was that dignity is a matter of natural rights, not positivism. Gays have dignity whether the state acknowledges their marriages or not.
Also, Justice Thomas knows racism, he knows prejudice, he knows what it means to be treated as less than someone else because of the color of his skin. Justice Thomas grew up in segregation-era Georgia and struggled for everything that he has attained. Liberals, like Takei, hate him simply because he is a conservative. It’s deplorable, and his language here is beyond reprehensible.
What Takei misses is that none of the Justices, including Thomas, are arguing that homosexuals have fewer “rights” than heterosexuals. What they are arguing is that marriage is not a right to be handed out by the government. Marriage is a longstanding (more than 5,000 years old) tradition that has always, across cultures and time, been between a man and a woman. It is a religious and spiritual institution that the government has only recently gotten involved in, and though liberals may call it a “right” – it is not actually a “right” of any sort!
But that’s just confusing facts with the visceral emotion (mostly hate) that Takei and others who think and speak like him feel.
George Takei should be roundly criticized and openly derided for his hateful language and his openly racist attitude.