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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been a target of leftist media throughout his tenure for his conservative views.
The fact that Thomas is an African American has sometimes led to racially motivated attacks, with even direct references to “Uncle Tom” by some suggesting that his views do not make him an accepted member of the black community. Liberal ‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei infamously called himself a ‘black-faced clown’ in 2015, later apologizing for his rhetoric.
Here are five of the most striking media examples.
Washington Post: Thomas Thinks Like ‘White Conservatives’
Two reporters wrote — in a news article, not an opinion piece — this week that Thomas thought they were “white conservatives,” sparking instant outrage.
In an article on House Majority Whip James Clyburn, DS.C., the newspaper quoted Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., as he discussed Clyburn’s influence on President Biden’s Supreme Court nomination .
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“If you know a person has been controlled by Jim Clyburn, you know that person is not going to go to court and will end up being a Clarence Thomas,” Thompson said. The Post then wrote that it “refers to black justice whose rulings often resemble the thinking of white conservatives.”
The Post then issued a “clarification” for “vagueness” referring to Thomas’ views “as often reflecting the thinking of white conservatives, rather than that of conservatives at large.”
“The occasional attributions of ‘white’ and ‘black’ ways of thinking to people and accusations that brilliant black conservatives have their wires crossed – we’re inches away from getting the slur ‘Uncle Tom’ out here – have done their way out of unwanted columns on fringe websites and in direct reports on the To post“, wrote Isaac Schorr of the National Review.
Thompson himself once referred to Thomas as “Uncle Tom”, a black slur considered too deferential or submissive to whites.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid calls Thomas “Uncle Clarence”
MSNBC’s far-left host Joy Reid usually hates conservatives, but she especially hates Thomas, even calling him “Uncle Clarence” in a not-so-subtle reference to the “Uncle Tom” insult.
During MSNBC’s 2020 election night coverage, Reid expressed concern that the Supreme Court might step in to help bolster then-President Trump’s claims that he won the race.
“I think what scares people is that if [Trump] decides to do something that doesn’t make legal sense… but if they somehow manage to get to the Supreme Court, do any of you trust Uncle Clarence and Amy Coney Barrett and those guys to follow the letter of the law?” she asked. “No! I mean, it’s a completely politicized Supreme Court that you can’t just believe that she’s going to do the right thing.”
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Reid also used the insult for Thomas on Twitter.
‘The View’ attacks Supreme Court Thomas as not truly representative of black community
“The View” got personal about two Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices last month, with liberal co-host Sunny Hostin saying Thomas “doesn’t really represent the black community.”
Panelists noted the lack of diversity on the high court throughout history, which has only ever had two black men, Thurgood Marshall and Thomas, when Hostin stepped in with a dig at Thomas.
“We don’t really represent the black community,” she said.
representing Karen Bass, D-California, also suggested that Thomas was not an authentic African American in a 2016 interview with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, saying the Supreme Court hadn’t had an “African American voice” since Marshall. This led Sharpton to hastily clarify that neither he nor Bass was suggesting he was not black.
CNN’s Don Lemon asks if it’s fair to call Thomas a ‘sellout’
Confronted after Thomas spoke about growing up in a segregated Georgia, CNN’s Don Lemon questioned whether it was fair to call Thomas a “salesman.”
“So Judge Thomas was criticized by some black Americans for his race-related rulings, Areva,” Lemon said, in a segment reported by NewsBusters. “By the way, I spoke with Harvard professor Randall Kennedy, who said, hey, it’s okay. He understands why some black Americans are calling Clarence Thomas a betrayal. Is that fair?”
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“I think that’s absolutely fair. When you listen to Clarence Thomas, in some ways, Don, all you can do is laugh,” attorney Areva Martin said, adding that he fails to keep his politics out of his decisions.
Boston Globe film critic compares Thomas to an evil house slave in ‘Django Unchained’
In his review of the film “Django Unchained” in 2012, Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris praised Samuel L. Jackson’s role as Stephen, the house-slave character who thwarts Django’s efforts to free his slave wife.
With his performance, Morris wrote, Jackson conjured up “embarrassing” black men like Thomas or Herman Cain.
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“Samuel L. Jackson plays the crisp, waxy Stephen as a vision of depraved loyalty and explosive jive that goes beyond the obvious association with Uncle Tom. The film is too modern for what Jackson made be limited to 1853. He evokes the Negro house, yes, but playing him as if he were Clarence Thomas or Alan Keyes or Herman Cain or Michael Steele, men that some black people find embarrassing,” he wrote. .
Fox News’ Brian Flood and Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.