Rep. Bennie Thompson has covered himself, and the entire sweep of his brand of big government race-baiting liberalism, with another shroud of shame and ignominy. How, you ask? Or, candidly, how you ask could they have sunk even lower? Sadly, however, that is the case. He has not insinuated, but said, not retracted, but redoubled, his snide, sinister, and ignorant remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas, "...[he] doesn't like black people, he doesn't like being black." He also called Justice Thomas an 'Uncle Tom.' The levels of inappropriateness are staggering.
First, there is the spectacle of a member of the legislative branch making an insulting ad hominem remark about a sitting Justice.....and then having the temerity, once having erred, to double-down. There is also the intended hurtfulness of one black man in public life impugning the status, integrity, and motivations of another public black man. There is also the wan character of what I will grudgingly refer to as Mr. Thompson's 'argument': "...if you look at his decisions on the Court, they have been adverse to the minority community, and the people I represent have a real issue with an African American not being sensitive to those issues."
So, in 'Bennie-land' there is only one way to think about issues that bear on the minority community, one way to express oneself, one way to live out one's blackness on the public stage. It does have a nice alliteration: one thought, one way, one blackness. This is intellectual collectivism, the subsuming of the individual into an overweening, overbearing, all-encompassing diktat of thought, of word, and of deed. There is only one way for a black man to think and to be; step outside the intellectual straight jacket to think for oneself and you are branded, by the likes of Thompson, as a self-hating race traitor. The unoriginality, and un-Americanness, of the approach is obvious. All the good Justice has done, rather than be an Uncle Tom, is to have 'risen up, and lived out the true meaning of the American Creed' (to echo Dr. King). He has dared to judge ideas by the content of their merit, not the color of their suitability to a particular vision of what's good for a particular race. Oh, do please forgive me, Mr. Thompson, but the Justice has dared to be FREE. To embrace INDEPENDENCE. And, to do his job - to judge the cases before him by the law and not by their readiness to be crammed into your vision of big government liberalism.
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