Sulu doubles down: All I meant to say is that Clarence Thomas is a fake black man who abandoned his heritage; Update: Takei apologizes

posted at 1:01 pm on July 3, 2015 by Allahpundit

Oh. Well, my mistake then. Yesterday I thought he was saying something racist.

What did this guy think his critics were accusing him of, if this is his “clarification”?

A few fans have written wondering whether I intended to utter a racist remark by referring to Justice Thomas as a “clown in blackface.”

“Blackface” is a lesser known theatrical term for a white actor who blackens his face to play a black buffoon. In traditional theater lingo, and in my view and intent, that is not racist. It is instead part of a racist history in this country.

I feel Justice Thomas has abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage by claiming slavery did not strip dignity from human beings. He made a similar remark about the Japanese American internment, of which I am a survivor. A sitting Justice of the Supreme Court ought to know better.

The first time I read that, I thought he was suggesting that people had misunderstood his “clown in blackface” remark to be a more straightforward racial slur, equivalent to calling Thomas a “black clown.” Reading it again, he seems to be making an even dumber point, which is that the practice of “blackface” isn’t necessarily racist. I … guess that’s true — Fred Armisen’s “blackface” as Obama on SNL wasn’t grotesque and intended to demean the subject, the way blackface usually is — but it’s almost always racist and it’s certainly racist when used to denigrate the racial authenticity of someone who’s actually black. It’d be like calling Thomas a “Sambo” and then claiming there’s nothing inherently racist about that nickname, even though it’s widely culturally understood to carry that connotation. When the left calls Thomas an “Uncle Tom,” which they do much more often than you’d expect in 2015 America, they at least have the good sense to defend themselves with a simple double standard (“leftists can’t be racists”) rather than a tortured argument about the etymology of the term.

If Takei’s being honest here and not feigning stupidity as damage control, he genuinely doesn’t see the problem in comparing Thomas to a white actor playing a “black buffoon.” He’s practicing racial essentialism — if you’re black, your position on slavery and inherent dignity is as follows — and then presuming to excommunicate Thomas from “authentic blackness” because, as someone whose family experienced internment in the 1940s, he somehow has the right to do that now. That’s insulting in the abstract and even more so when applied to Thomas, who, as Sean Davis reminds us, actually grew up in the Jim Crow south and knows something about maintaining one’s dignity during oppression. I wonder if Takei knows that about him — or maybe he does know and just figures that he’s entitled to lecture Thomas anyway because, as a gay man and former internee, he thinks he’s got victim trump cards to play. Either way, we’ve reached an interesting new turn on the path of progress when someone who’s not black is once again entitled to tell a black man what to think and how to behave.

Yesterday I called Takei’s comments “high-five material for jerkoffs.” Here’s Exhibit A.

Update; Third time’s the charm.

I recently was asked by a reporter about Justice Clarence Thomas’s dissent in the marriage equality cases, in which he wrote words that really got under my skin, by suggesting that the government cannot take away human dignity through slavery, or though internment. In my mind that suggested that this meant he felt the government therefore shouldn’t be held accountable, or should do nothing in the face of gross violations of dignity. When asked by a reporter about the opinion, I was still seething, and I referred to him as a “clown in blackface” to suggest that he had abdicated and abandoned his heritage. This was not intended to be racist, but rather to evoke a history of racism in the theatrical arts. While I continue to vehemently disagree with Justice Thomas, the words I chose, said in the heat of anger, were not carefully considered.

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.


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Take care not to wander off the liberal ideological plantation – it can be a dangerous move these days. Better yet, run like heck away from the liberal plantation, and take everyone possible with you if you want to save this nation!!

Most Liberals/progressives/democrats/socialists tend to be about as intolerant and hateful as it gets. That’s particularly true if the other person happens to be a black or gay AND they come out as conservative or Republican. They’ve left what the liberals view as their ideological plantation where they think all minorities MUST belong, and liberals are particularly vicious towards those people. Especially towards any blacks who come out as conservative or Republican – the bleeding hearted compassionate loving tolerant liberals promptly proclaim that they’re too stupid to know what’s in their own interests, and they’re “uncle Tom’s” or “oreos” or even “house n!—rs.” It’s utterly vile and disgusting how nasty liberals get towards anyone who disagrees with them.

Liberals/progressives/Democrats/socialists pushed the PC line so hard and took over education to the extent that the public has become far more tolerant of immorality and lack of integrity. Now it’s somehow “wrong” to shame people for their transgressions, and all is magically forgiven. Except, of course, failing to uphold Liberals/progressives/Democrats/socialists ideology – that’s a sin beyond compare.

Remember: A liberal will always defend your right to your opinion — so long as it matches his own.

Leftists are all about rights…… as long as it’s “Their Rights.”

Liberal relativism: Whatever the narrative calls for, they’ll provide the anecdote – – no matter that it didn’t really happen, or that it’s portrayed radically differently depending on political expediency. Imaginary sons, imaginary friends, the same incident first described as a wonderful caring thing next becomes an example of blatan racism, as needed; composite people, composite incidents, you name it, whatever the political winds call for, the liberals will provide. After all, the ends justifies the means.

You are free to have your own thoughts and opinions so long as they are leftist ones. Enjoy your freedoms!

Liberals believe the end justifies the means – thus justifying misleading and controlling. Conservatives believe in enabling and empowering the individual.

Conservatives believe in a different, more idealistic vision of government: one that enables and empowers, not misleads and controls.

If you want to p*ss off a conservative, tell him a lie. If you want to p*ss off a liberal, tell him the truth.

Conservatives think Liberals have bad ideas, Liberals think Conservatives are bad people. It’s disgusting and incredibly hypocritical – after all, Dems claim to be compassionate, bleeding hearts, tolerant people, when in fact they are anything but.

“The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.”
– E. B. White

Rational Db8 on July 4, 2015 at 12:25 AM

Takei is a perfect example of a very LOW INFORMATION voter!

Takei NEVER READ what Thomas actually wrote. All he did was to read the lies and distortions of various left wing blogs and then APPLY his own colorfull racist rantings on top of them!

From the claim Takei has now placed on his own facebook page, it is clear he STILL has NOT READ what Thomas actually wrote!

This is what propaganda has done to many people in this country. They choose NOT to READ for themselves, and then they can never understand what is really happening around them.

Freddy on July 4, 2015 at 12:25 AM

Still an idiot.

nico on July 4, 2015 at 12:50 AM

epic douche

dpduq on July 4, 2015 at 12:58 AM

Lieutenant Sulu: until further notice, you are relieved of bridge duty and relegated to the latrine.

DISMISSED!

Mike from NC on July 3, 2015 at 10:06 PM

“Oh my! Thank you sir. Anyone care to join me?”

Flange on July 4, 2015 at 1:32 AM

Old and Busted: Go for broke.
The New Hotness: Go for joke.

Christien on July 4, 2015 at 1:42 AM

Just like the libs do to anyone they disagree with, there is nothing Mr.Sulu can do at this point to redeem himself. He’s was disgusting before this in my view, he’s ten times as bad now.

Feck him. Glad I never sent him so much as a dollar in any dealings I’ve ever done, and I’ll be sure to avoid the same in the future.

I hate liberals, and I hate liberals like this even worse.

Andy__B on July 4, 2015 at 2:31 AM

fake black man

WTH?

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 4, 2015 at 3:07 AM

Oh my, Sulu is stuck on stupid.

22044 on July 4, 2015 at 4:13 AM

The most pathetic part of Rakei’s rant is that when he is shrieking about how his family lost all dignity when they were interned and lost everything during WWII, he forgets that it was LIBERAL DEMOCRAT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT who did it!!

Takes is a sad little bigot.

mountainaires on July 4, 2015 at 5:59 AM

Screw the little freak.

rplat on July 4, 2015 at 6:17 AM

Who cares what this fake human thinks?

MsYoung on July 4, 2015 at 7:19 AM

Dude didn’t actually say he’s sorry, did he?

Lance Corvette on July 4, 2015 at 7:30 AM

In college at the University of Michigan, I had a black Resident Adviser my sophomore year. He told me something I’ve never forgotten.

A man has a limited number of things that cannot ever be taken from him. Two of those are DIGNITY and PERSONAL INTEGRITY. People will try to strip them from you, but ONLY YOU CAN GIVE THEM AWAY.

Mr. Zulu has given away both!

r27cj on July 4, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Dude didn’t actually say he’s sorry, did he?

Lance Corvette on July 4, 2015 at 7:30 AM

He did the liberal version of apologizing where he talks about how great he is and implies how terrible the other person is.

Calas on July 4, 2015 at 8:23 AM

Dude didn’t actually say he’s sorry, did he?

Lance Corvette on July 4, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Libs never do and never will. They utter a few phrases, the media calls it an apology, and they’re off the hook.

Kissmygrits on July 4, 2015 at 8:39 AM

I wouldn’t say that “Sulu” has not “Gone where no man has gone before.”
He most certainly has. He just takes the rear entrance.

HIltonHeadGuy on July 4, 2015 at 9:14 AM

George Takei is a CAHCK-SUCKA by definition.

soghornetgunner on July 4, 2015 at 9:55 AM

Clown in Yellowface .

Lucano on July 4, 2015 at 10:22 AM

As usual we allow the media to give those of its rank or party to continue playing the “What I really meant was. . . .” game until those who control the media feel the public is buying the newly concocted apology, or more importantly forget what their mouth piece actually said to start the uproar. The bottom line is keep lying until the words become the truth.

MSGTAS on July 4, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Does this idiot think there’s someone on the Supreme Court named Robertson?

fenryys on July 4, 2015 at 10:59 AM

How to get a clue:

a) Devise a personal insult involving a person’s lack of adherence to all your perceived ideas of race identity — claiming they are a race traitor:
i) Failing to favor people of their own race in community interactions.
ii) Failing to follow the cultural norms of their race (whatever you think those to be).
iii) Failing to marry within their race.

b) Find a personal friend of the requisite race. Launch insult. Observe result.

Of course, each of the above tend to indicate racism themselves, for a person who so strongly identifies with race that they will favor people who look like them in terms of justice or government, a person who insists that everyone who is a member in good standing of a race follow their idea of how a person of their race ought to act, and anyone who will denounce a member of their race who outmarries — is a racist.

That is not to say that these are the only nuances of racism, but they are strong indicators.

One commenter here once called me a racist for insisting that blacks as a group showed stupidity for voting overwhelmingly (over 90%) for Mr. Obama, who, though looking like them, has done absolutely nothing for them and much to harm them. To him, my grouping of blacks into a near unified whole was racist — yet it wasn’t I who grouped them in this manner, it was they themselves.

Now comes Mr. Takei, who acts nothing like most other Japanese Americans and has married outside of his race, and yet favors only those of his own race in his charity. If I were to walk up to Mr. Takei and call him a banana (yellow on the outside, and white on the inside) because of the former two issues, I’m sure he’d take great umbrage at this. If I were to call him a racist for the latter attribute, he’d take umbrage at that too.

Now, on to truths.

Slavery did not strip dignity from those enslaved. They retained their dignity. It stripped any pretence of dignity from the slavers, however.

The most often used racial epithet amongst minorities is the concept of the “Uncle Tom”. But, if we examine “Uncle Tom” in all of his glory, we find that he was a person (fictional character) who embodied all that we define as good:
a) He embraced all of Jesus’ teachings. Those teachings included eschewing violence and treating your enemies as though they were your friends.
b) He refused to do harm, suffering death rather than tell Simon Legree the slaver where his escaped slaves were to be found.
c) He was forthright in speaking the truth, even regarding the degradation of slavery, to the slavers.

Yet, he is vilified for these behaviors, which are exactly the opposite of racist. In fact, in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, he is an analogue for the Christ figure — he dies for the sins of others.

In the book, who has dignity — Uncle Tom or Simon Legree?

The Japanese Internment did not strip dignity from those interned. They retained their dignity. What it did strip was any pretence of dignity from those who ordered and performed the internment.

Who has dignity — the men of the 442nd, or FDR?

And that is a very good question for this 4th of July. Don’t forget to put up your Flag.

unclesmrgol on July 4, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Whenever an Enterprise landing party beamed down to a planet, there was typically five in the group.

One of them would invariably be designated the “fifth crewman.”

The “fifth crewman” was accursed, for he would never return alive to the ship.

He always met an untimely death, usually in the first act.

Sulu was never the “fifth crewman” in an Enterprise landing party.

In retrospect, this is most unfortunate.

In restrospect, Sulu clearly should have been assigned “fifth crewman” status.

Like in around epsiode one of season one.

FlameWarrior on July 4, 2015 at 11:17 AM

unclesmrgol on July 4, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Well said.

GrumpyOldFart on July 4, 2015 at 11:21 AM

unclesmrgol on July 4, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Hear hear

Skywise on July 4, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Rational Db8 on July 4, 2015 at 12:25 AM

A black co-worker of mine had to change barbers because of this.

He came out as a Republican in one of those barber shop debates — while still in the chair. The barber, a person of opposite politics, destroyed his hair to the point where when he got home he had to shave it all off because of what had been carved into it.

He no longer talks politics in the barber shop. He just stays quiet, because there may be those in positions of power in the place who will brook no opposition.

unclesmrgol on July 4, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Fake apology not accepted.

Closet Optimist on July 4, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Apology not accepted, Mr. Sulu.

Racist.

hachiban on July 4, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Apology not accepted, Mr. Sulu.

hachiban on July 4, 2015 at 11:38 AM

No, no, no!. If you are going to mix memes between Star Wars and Star Trek, you need to do it right.

Apology accepted, Admiral Sulu

unclesmrgol on July 4, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Apology accepted, Admiral Sulu

unclesmrgol on July 4, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Admiral?!

ADMIRAL!?!

Apology not accepted Admiral Sulu.

Skywise on July 4, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Non-apology. Try this, Takei: I’m sorry, Justice Thomas.

eforhan on July 4, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Come to think of it, break him: make him Private Sulu.

Now back to your latrine duty, you neo-Nazi scumbag racist a$$hole!

Mike from NC on July 4, 2015 at 1:54 PM

Whether it’s Star Trek or Star Wars, it was the usual non-apology you get from leftists, who think we’re too stupid to notice that they haven’t really retracted their insult.

And he’s a lousy actor, too.

hachiban on July 4, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Funny because it’s true

DarkCurrent on July 3, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Now that’s all kinds of truth, right there.

Bump.

Freelancer on July 4, 2015 at 5:25 PM

He wasn’t the star, and he had a *lot* of heartburn about it. He absolutely despised Shatner. Maybe still does.

Jeff Weimer on July 3, 2015 at 4:15 PM

No “maybe” about it. He always wanted a bigger part, and always hated Shatner about it, no matter how hard Shatner tried to settle the matter. He finally quit trying, and now Shatner roasts Takei about his idiocy-advocacy all the time, and it makes him seethe.

Freelancer on July 4, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Takei is a bigoted, lawless fascist demagogue like most perverts/sodomites and those who ring for them, like the two ignorant, bigoted commentators that would happily actually do to sodomy opponents what they pretend has been done to sodomites/perverts regarding dignity, and if anyone really thinks Takei’s sorry I’ve got some lovely Kansas City oceanfront property I’m sure they’re stupid enough to want to buy! He’s only doing damage control for the cause, to cover up their deranged, intolerant, lawless, fascist bigotry we’re headed for like in the French Revolution where immorality got violent, especially re persecuting the churches. You think Charleston was bad re race? Wait until the sodomites/perverts start attacking! Charleston will look positively tame by comparison. See http://www.DrJudithReisman.org and “The gay invention” at http://www.touchstonemag.com for what a scam the sodomite/pervert propaganda campaign has been in being so riotously successful in brainwashing the world with its lies. How many Christians will be counted worthy to be persecuted, suffer and die for their Lord as He builds His Church. God save us.

russedav on July 4, 2015 at 6:05 PM

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.

So he’s sorry he came off like a prick. Notice he never apologizes to Justice Thomas.

CycloneCDB on July 5, 2015 at 12:16 AM

Notice he never apologizes to Justice Thomas.

CycloneCDB on July 5, 2015 at 12:16 AM

I noticed that, too.

slp on July 5, 2015 at 5:00 AM

Translation:

“Ya’ can’t reject socialized government/communist ideology and still be a “real” black person … everybody knows that … EVERYBODY !

It’s an irrefutable fact. The science is settled.

Now, let’s have no more discussion about it.”

listens2glenn on July 5, 2015 at 9:01 AM

He wasn’t the star, and he had a *lot* of heartburn about it. He absolutely despised Shatner. Maybe still does.

Jeff Weimer on July 3, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Shatner’s book about doing “Star Trek” is a great look into the making of TV shows back in the 60’s. He talks about how a TV show could only have one star and that it caused a lot of tension and problems on set when others thought they should have equal billing.

Dr. Frank Enstine on July 5, 2015 at 11:14 AM

I feel Justice Thomas has abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage…

Or to put it into Star Trek parlance:

Resistance is irrelevant. You will be assimilated.

GrumpyOldFart on July 5, 2015 at 8:39 PM

George, do not abandon your Japanese heritage…..commit Hari kari. Its the honorable thing to do.

Bevan on July 6, 2015 at 7:14 AM

People think George Takei hasn’t had a job since Star Trek, where he generally sat in a chair manipulating pretend-control levers, but that isn’t true. Now he plays more of a speaking-role and appears frequently on interview shows, in character as a wide-eyed and unstable old man, offering ill-conceived and tacky remarks on the issues of the day. As a minority, he feels free to make racist statements, under the guise of making important political comment. He is never questioned about this, as he is reported to be homosexual.

virgo on July 6, 2015 at 11:43 AM

When persons of a particular ethnic or national background fail to measure up to the stereotype, some folks in this country get all agitated.

I can understand that.

I’m very disappointed that Takei doesn’t always wear traditional Japanese armor and a samauri sword. If nothing else he should get plastic surgery to make his eyes look huge, like Japanese Anime characters. Doesn’t he have any respect for his heritage? LOL

s1im on July 6, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Not sorry for being a bigot, but sorry anybody got mad at him for it.

Typical leftist.

GrumpyOldFart on July 6, 2015 at 5:24 PM

F.O.A.D.

Snowshooze on July 6, 2015 at 11:47 PM

Sulu, just stfu and drive the ship where I tell you.

PJ Emeritus on July 7, 2015 at 11:33 AM

This could be interesting had we not already stopped listening to obvious racists. Goodbye again, Racist, and again, Racist, and again, Racist, and again, Racist.

bour3 on July 7, 2015 at 12:40 PM