Video: Third-ranking House Democrat won’t condemn calling Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom”

posted at 12:01 pm on May 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Free Beacon, alternate headline: “Third-ranking House Democrat tacitly agrees that Clarence Thomas is an ‘Uncle Tom.’” This clip’s more interesting, actually, than the Bennie Thompson comments that inspired it, and not just because Clyburn’s among the leadership. The easiest thing in politics is to politely distance yourself from a colleague who’s said something controversial. Scarborough’s tossing him a softball here, expecting a check-the-box response along the lines of “Bennie’s wrong but he’s a good man and a fine congressman and we all make mistakes,” etc. Instead, despite repeated prompting, Clyburn refuses to say anything critical beyond a pro forma he-said-it-not-me. That goes to show you how deeply invested the party is in the Clarence Thomas “Uncle Tom” slur. In the name of enforcing ideological orthodoxy, they’d rather have their leaders passively endorse a race-traitor attack on America’s most powerful black jurist than offer even a perfunctory denunciation. Amazing. I wonder if this’ll make it into MSNBC’s endless afternoon/evening conversation on race.

Let’s see if Peter Beinart, another Democrat, can do any better.

For good measure, Thompson added that Clarence Thomas “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”

Yikes. First of all, Bennie Thompson has no idea how Clarence Thomas feels about being black, and should thus keep quiet on the subject. Commenting on the racial impact of Thomas’ jurisprudence is legitimate. Attributing that jurisprudence to self-hatred is not. There’s something totalitarian about claiming to know to know how another person feels about himself. And attacking someone’s private motivations is usually a way to avoid confronting his public arguments. Thompson wouldn’t appreciate it if hawks angry at his criticism of U.S. foreign policy called him a “self-hating American.” I doubt he has much sympathy for the right-wingers who call Jewish critics of Israeli policy “self-hating” Jews. (Welcome to my inbox.) Unfortunately, he’s doing exactly the same thing.

Stick around to 1:55, when Clyburn tries to tu-quoque the issue by claiming that some of the “expressions” Thomas has used in his opinions are also insulting. Constitutional originalism is kinda sorta a slur too, when you think about it.


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For good measure, Thompson added that Clarence Thomas “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”

One of those comments that need to be unpacked, as libfree would say.

Soooo, lib, this guy is a demorat, right? My gosh, how can you support a party with such racists in their ranks.

Bishop on May 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

OPPOSITION TO SOCIALIZED GOVERNMENT BY ANYONE, IS “RACIST” … period.

listens2glenn on May 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

These black, biggoted, racist, democrat, hypocrites are the worst of the worst…. sacrificing their own race for political ideology…… disgusting scum.

ultracon on May 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

So, the civil rights movement has become a self-parody? Sad, really.

Ward Cleaver on May 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

If it weren’t for Affirmative Action districts gerrymandered by the Lefties, most of these guys would have long since been retired.

formwiz on May 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Racism for me but not for thee…..

sorrowen on May 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

And attacking someone’s private motivations is usually a way to avoid confronting his public arguments

Isn’t this pretty much the essence of liberalism?

Herod on May 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Is there anyone in the Black Caucus that isn’t a racist?

celtic warrior on May 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

One of those comments that need to be unpacked, as libfree would say.

Soooo, lib, this guy is a demorat, right? My gosh, how can you support a party with such racists in their ranks.

Bishop on May 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

It’s different. Because Bill Cosby is Cliven Bundy or something.

bigmacdaddy on May 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Black racists stick together. They may not wear hoods but Clyburn and Thompson are just like George Wallace or Bull Connor. The only difference is that blacks are okay when their people are the ones demonstrating racial intolerance.

Somebody ought to ask our liberal racist troll just why it is okay that blacks hate white people.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

For good measure, Thompson added that Clarence Thomas “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”

Brainfree believes and espouses the same type of garbage. Leftists are intellectual black holes.

NotCoach on May 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

For good measure, Thompson added that Clarence Thomas “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”

IMHO, how blacks view themselves is the most important “conversation on race” to be had. The whole issue of “I don’t like myself because I’m black” is VERY touchy. It really cuts to the core of one’s person. I’m trying to not be cavalier about it.

So Thompson, like libfree says he believes about conservative blacks, thinks Clarence Thomas is a self-hating black, because of his political positions. But doesn’t our sense of ourselves go so much deeper than our political positions? Liberal, conservative … who cares, when compared to the sense of one’s self-worth as a person.

LashRambo on May 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

How is “Uncle Tom” or “Tom” any better than the “n-word”? Both denigrate people based on the color of their skin.

LashRambo on May 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Racism in the name of politics is the most vile form and serves only to discredit the racist accuser.

Don L on May 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

… and another scumbag yells “Witch!” [h/t VorDaj]

Barry Soetoro — doing more for race relations than Bull Connor …

ShainS on May 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Brainfree believes and espouses the same type of garbage. Leftists are intellectual black holes.

NotCoach on May 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Self-awareness might not be his strong suit.

bigmacdaddy on May 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I say we start calling people who can’t stand it when individuals of their own race disagree them Uncle Thompsons.

NotCoach on May 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

By GOV. BOBBY JINDAL | 8/25/13 7:05 AM EDT

There is no more shallow, hollow, or soulless way to think about human beings than in terms of their skin color. It is completely inane. Under what logic would any intelligent, logical, or decent person give any thought to the pigmentation of a person’s epidermis? It’s nothing short of immoral, not to mention stupid

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/the-end-of-race-95875.html#ixzz30ZmSzc1R

I’d venture to say Jindal’s skin is at least as dark as Obama’s. And yet, notice, he doesn’t give a **** about that. In that regard, this is a man of high character.

LashRambo on May 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Not unlike the manner in which John McCain has pi**ed away any esteem he generated with his military service, the formerly respected civil rights veterans like Clyburn are now just weasely scum that good people scorn.

Really, does every member of Congress look at the dismal approval ratings and think “Not me. Must be that other guy they hate”?

M240H on May 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

In the name of enforcing ideological orthodoxy, they’d rather have their leaders passively endorse a race-traitor attack on America’s most powerful black jurist than offer even a perfunctory denunciation. Amazing.

Not really. This is what the Democrats are all about these days – orthodoxy of thought. This is what progressivism really is, a pseudo-religion.

Instead of “amazing”, it is completely, unequivocally despicable. And predictably attractive to the low-info voter.

Chuck Ef on May 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

all these race rules are the dems tar bay…

DanMan on May 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

baby

DanMan on May 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

No need to explain …

Clyburn doesn’t have the guts to say it himself, but he has no problem with what Thompson said.

BD57 on May 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Clarence Thomas is worth more than the entire Congressional Black Caucus put together.

Pincher Martin on May 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM

And this is put out in public. I wonder what they say about him in private. Still, we are seeing the descending quality come to the surface again in CBC members.

jake49 on May 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

So Clyburn is also a racist then? Good, I never had any real respect for that idiot anyway, now I won’t have to pretend to feel bad about it.

Mord on May 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Is this part of that national conversation on race we’re afraid to have?

gwelf on May 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

It will descend into third world fighting and tyranny.

jake49 on May 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Is there anyone in the Black Caucus that isn’t a racist?

Would anyone who wasn’t, be IN the “black caucus”?

Really, these are pretty easy…

Dirty Creature on May 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

The CBC contains the world’s largest known reserves of stupid.

As such, it is a Federally protected preserve.

Joe Mama on May 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

That goes to show you how deeply invested the party is in the Clarence Thomas “Uncle Tom” slur.

Come on, AP … “The party”? No. The retards in the CBC. This is the racist black liberal mentality, and while the kook fringe Democrats will defer to their token members for politics they don’t generally go around attacking blacks with racial slurs.

Jaibones on May 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Great, we get to hear from another racist in Congress, Clyburn…

..next up racists Cummings…Maxine Waters…

ToddPA on May 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

If Sterling can be booted out from the NBA for his comments, can’t we impeach this fool from the United States Congress for these ugly, hateful comments, which are far worse?

UltimateBob on May 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Someone please tell them that “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was a fictional piece of literature written by an abolitionist.

It wasn’t intended to be a measuring rod for loyalty based solely on race 160 years after it was written.

lineholder on May 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM

The CBC contains the world’s largest known reserves of stupid.

As such, it is a Federally protected preserve.

Joe Mama on May 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

And it’s no ordinary stupid. It’s weapons-grade stupid.

UltimateBob on May 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Bennie Thompson and his ilk in the Democrat Party have condemned all Americans to the next generation of slavery. It’s called tyranny and it doesn’t discriminate based on skin color, religion or any other demographic.

Under Democrat Party leadership we have lost more personal freedom, done worse economically and grown governmental power more quickly than at any time in our history. While all people have suffered, it is most especially those who cannot afford it which have been hurt worst.

92 million people are out of our workforce. Most particularly hard hit have been minorities, especially black teens and adolescents.

But Clarence Thomas is an “Uncle Tom” or something because he is accomplished, articulate, intelligent an makes fact based arguments based on traditional values.

People such as Clyburn and Thompson are destroying the foundation of our democracy one brick at a time with Harry Reid. They don’t have any allegiance to our country, their race or even their neighbors. They are simply another group in Washington that have a direct hand in the destruction of our country- all for themselves and their party. They are nothing but today’s taskmasters. Every last one of them should be thrown out of office by the voters.

Marcus Traianus on May 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

LashRambo on May 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Well said. And more could be said about “projection” and “liberal self-loathing.”

de rigueur on May 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Pure racist thugs.

Ask obama about it.

——————

Gowdy to head select committee on Benghazi.

Get more popcorn.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I doubt he has much sympathy for the right-wingers who call Jewish critics of Israeli policy “self-hating” Jews. (Welcome to my inbox.)

Bwahaha. He just THINKS I’m in his inbox.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

The Rules of Rascism (Liberal Edition)

1. Rascism is the root of all mankind’s troubles.
2. Anyone who does not recognize rule #1 is a fascist.
3. Liberal minorities individuals cannot be fascist (no matter what they say).
4. Conservative minority individuals are fascist.
5. Laws that apply to everyone cannot be applied to minorities since this by definition is fascist.
6. Questioning a minority politician or government official is fascist.
Corollary 1: providing they are liberal.
Corollary 2: this rule does not apply to conservatives.
7. Being rich is fascist.
Corollary 1: providing the entity is conservative.
Corollary 2: this rule does not apply to liberals.
8. Being hypocritical on race issues is rascist.
Corollary 1: providing the entity is conservative.
Corollary 2: this rule does not apply to liberals.
9. Pointing out facts that are not complimentary to liberals is rascist.
10.Refer to #1
11. Management reserves the right to change the definition of rascism as it sees fit.
Disclosure: My ethnic background is Chinese/Korean ( i hope this is the “approved” minority category).

warmairfan on May 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The CBC contains the world’s largest known reserves of stupid.

As such, it is a Federally protected preserve.

Joe Mama on May 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

What do you have agains the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation?

At first I thought you referring to the Congressional Black Caucus but, of course, in 2014 a group whose members are limited to a specific race would be intolerant and unacceptable. If they are still meeting and holding their version of KKK rallies, I might just have to stand up and start screaming No Justice, No Peace!

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Is there anyone in the Black Caucus that isn’t a racist?

celtic warrior on May 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Isn’t the very existence of “the Black Caucus” pretty much a prima facie answer to your question?

bofh on May 2, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Clyburn obviously no fan of Dr. King. Fancies himself more as a plantation boss I suppose.

Bmore on May 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM

“I have a dream!! Where men will be judged, not by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin!!” This is what you get when under the color of the skin, there is no character!!

Deano1952 on May 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

…beautiful black bigotry!

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Clyburn deserves a lifetime ban from Congress and he will have to sell his seat.

MTF on May 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The Rules of Rascism (Liberal Edition)

1. Rascism is the root of all mankind’s troubles.
2. Anyone who does not recognize rule #1 is a rascist.
3. Liberal minorities individuals cannot be rascist (no matter what they say).
4. Conservative minority individuals are rascist.
5. Laws that apply to everyone cannot be applied to minorities since this by definition is rascist.
6. Questioning a minority politician or government official is rascist.
Corollary 1: providing they are liberal.
Corollary 2: this rule does not apply to conservatives.
7. Being rich is rascist.
Corollary 1: providing the entity is conservative.
Corollary 2: this rule does not apply to liberals.
8. Being hypocritical on race issues is rascist.
Corollary 1: providing the entity is conservative.
Corollary 2: this rule does not apply to liberals.
9. Pointing out facts that are not complimentary to liberals is rascist.
10.Refer to #1
11. Management reserves the right to change the definition of rascism as it sees fit.
Disclosure: My ethnic background is Chinese/Korean ( i hope this is the “approved” minority category).
Sorry, I kept typing f(fascist) instead of r(fascist), perhaps a freudian slip (the libs think it’s the same thing anyway)

warmairfan on May 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Fancies himself more as a plantation boss I suppose.

Bmore on May 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Yeah. It’s really kind of sad that so many of all colors did so much during the Civil Rights Movement so that this ignorant racist can sit in high office and preach an agenda of intolerance.

Those Americans did not hold sit-ins, march in protest, and face down the police at the Edmund Pettis Bridge just so a black man can openly discuss his bigotry and hatred of white people. They had higher aspirations than James Clyburn could ever understand as an uneducated racist.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

beautiful black bigotry!

This is show cased for everyone to see and it causes no black person any concern whatsoever. Meanwhile Sterling is drawn and quartered for a private conversation he had with a gold digging whore.

I don’t suppose Thompson Clyburn and Cummings and the rest of the “black racist caucus” won’t mind being refered to as Toms, Race Traitors and Oreos… How about Porch Monkeys…? Does that raise any hackles? Justice Thomas has been refered to as all of these.

That’s right, Justice Thomas is married to a white woman and is percieved as conservative… So he has it coming.

Kuffar on May 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM

In the name of enforcing ideological orthodoxy, they’d rather have their leaders passively endorse a race-traitor attack on America’s most powerful black jurist than offer even a perfunctory denunciation.

Implicit in any “race-traitor” attack is the premise that one’s thoughts, values, and actions (a.k.a. the content of one’s character) are predetermined and limited by the color of one’s skin.

That conceit needs to be thrown in their faces every time without mercy.

CapnObvious on May 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The CBC needs to spend more time helping their own than doing their best to make whites become racist.They need racist.

docflash on May 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Somebody ought to ask our liberal racist troll just why it is okay that blacks hate white people.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Because we all have the benefit of white privilege?

If Thompson & Clyburn can call Justice Thomas an Uncle Tom does that mean we can call them field n*****s

katiejane on May 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

We need to have a conversation about race with these Democrats. (?)

I’ve never met Justice Thomas, but I’ve read enough of his court opinions to know that they are rational, logical, based on a true deference to the Constitution, and (a rare attribute) clear and understandable.

No wonder the liberals hate him.

Socratease on May 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I see here in my research Clyburn may also be referred to as “The Driver

Bmore on May 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Brainfree believes and espouses the same type of garbage. Leftists are intellectual black holes.

NotCoach on May 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

You realize using the term “black holes” means your a racist.
sarc off

Sniper on May 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Brainfree believes and espouses the same type of garbage. Leftists are intellectual black holes.
NotCoach on May 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Didn’t you get the memo that “black holes” are racist?

Gladtobehere on May 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Meet the new boss tone
Same as the old boss tone

FIF The Who

socalcon on May 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Now, see?

This is why I don’t want my 19 yr. old gold-digging girlfriend/hooker (I’m a ‘young’ 56) hanging around these black dudes!

They’re nothing but racists!

ZeusGoose on May 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Somebody ought to ask our liberal racist troll just why it is okay that blacks hate white people.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Short answer… CRT: black people can’t be racist

jffree1 on May 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

This is disgusting.

I don’t care how you want to spin this or claim black on black racism is OK. Unless the new rules are the Allen West and Clarence Thomas can call Obama an Uncle Tom with impunity (yeah right) then this has to be dealt with immediately.

If he’s not ousted then all of the social justice and hate speech laws mean NOTHING and they are (as we have all long suspected) nothing more than political talking points with no basis in fact.

Skywise on May 2, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Expectations satisfied.

Murphy9 on May 2, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Hmmmm. It almost seems like institutional racism is not the driving force behind holding the African American community down.

It’s almost as if successful African Americans are being attacked for not being brought up in a culture with the “authentic African American experience”.

Clarence is an “Uncle Tom” because he does not share the “authentic black experience”. Forget that he is the most successful African American jurist in the nation. The man should not be emulated.

airupthere on May 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

It seems that to some liberals, any person ‘of color’ who is not liberal in their political views, is not really ‘of color’, or is a ‘sellout’. It can happen for whatever color would be assigned by that liberal.

For Clarence Thomas the color happens to be ‘black’, but this is a recurring theme for blacks and other ethnic minorities in the US. The message is clear: Do go against the liberal political agenda, or liberals with power in government will use their governmental position and powers to disparage you, harass you, and try to shame you into submission and/or silence.

Even in criminal cases, a person can lose their ‘color’ if it happens to be politically advantageous for liberals. Remember how Zimmerman went from being ‘Hispanic’ to a ‘white Hispanic’ when he was accused of murdering a black man? There were calls to re-try him after he was acquitted, even though it would have been unconstitutional.

Not that a thing being constitutional or not would be seen as a barrier to the powers that be in Washington nowadays.

s1im on May 2, 2014 at 2:29 PM

But will Qu1mbo Clyburn and S@mbo Thompson ever repent for what they are doing to Uncle T0m Thomas?

Of course it’s been twisted over the years, but in truth, Uncle T0m was the one who had integrity and stood up for his principles and tried to help others…..

dentarthurdent on May 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Is there a term for people who attempt to oppress others by calling them an Uncle Tom?

They are essentially attempting to oppress Clarence Thomas because he is supposedly oppressing African Americans. The circular logic is dizzying.

African Americans should be emulating the success of Clarence Thomas, not attacking it.

I never understood attacking a successful black man because they think he opposes black men.

A black man can be called an Uncle Tom for doing things a white person would not be called racist for.

They hold successful African Americans to a different standard simply because of the color of their skin.

airupthere on May 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Black conservatives like Clarence Thomas , Allen West and Tim Scott are the ones who freed themselves from the plantation that is government dependence. Racists like Clyburn and Thompson are the ones still on the plantation and they hate black conservatives who free themselves from it.

sadsushi on May 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

airupthere on May 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM
sadsushi on May 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Because the meaning of that term has been so twisted over the years, far too many people just don’t realize that the central character was one of the few in the book who had any actual integrity, morals, sympathy/empathy for others, and actually stood up for his principles and refused to be broken.

dentarthurdent on May 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Seemed as if Clyburn was feeling the heat there…

d1carter on May 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

This is the dozens Washington ghetto style. Escalating the insults until someone throws a punch.

jake49 on May 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM

The democrats are the party of the kkk. It all fits.

earlgrey on May 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Huh? Slave never showed. Go figure.

Bmore on May 2, 2014 at 4:21 PM

This man used to be my congressman, I moved.

SC.Charlie on May 2, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Jealous that a man of color made it on merit rather than being handed it to him or a government entitlement gave it to him. Thomas was not supposed to earn his position but rather it be given to him as payback.

jaywemm on May 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

PS -why do these people always show up on msnbc?

jaywemm on May 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Sickening. They know the value of what they have. It’s ******* golden.

mike_NC9 on May 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

This is exactly what political correctness was supposed to accomplish. Seek out any comment you can twist into bigoted or racist sentiment made by conservatives and then destroy that person. And then, rationalize any and all actual intolerant remarks made by liberals away.

The running lie of bigotry.

hawkdriver on May 3, 2014 at 7:31 AM

Strictly speaking, he may not be racist, but he’s undoubtably a bigot. His minority leader would be so proud.

applebutter on May 3, 2014 at 8:49 AM

I guess Thompson must be pleased to be recognized as the race baiting poverty pimp that he is. And racist, of course.

DimsdalePiranha on May 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM