In a bizarre exchange on Al Sharpton’s Sunday MSNBC show, both he and black Democratic representative Karen Bass floated the idea that President Obama needs to nominate an African-American to the Supreme Court, because Clarence Thomas isn’t really black.
The two pushed the talking point of nominating a black “voice” to the Supreme Court, because currently it does not have one.
Sharpton attempted to explain that Bass was not saying that Clarence Thomas’ isn’t really an African-American, but that they both agree he doesn’t provide an “African-American voice.”
“I think many people would like to see an African-American on the Supreme Court,” Bass said. “We don’t really need to go into Clarence Thomas’ background or his behavior on the court. But I think to have an African-American voice that has definitely not been there since Thurgood Marshall would really be an incredible contribution to our country.” she added.
“I might note, neither you or I are suggesting Clarence Thomas is not African-American. We just may agree with how he has…” Sharpton said, as Bass interrupted with “It’s an African-American voice.”
“I just wanted to clarify that,” Sharpton concluded.
What Sharpton and Bass are really implying is that they want to see someone nominated to the Supreme Court who will play the race card and will make decisions based not on whether or not they are consistent with the US Constitution, but based on the colour of his or her skin.
Clarence Thomas, considered one of the court’s most conservative justices, does not do this. Consequently when Justice Scalia passed away recently, racist ‘progressives’ (if such a thing can exist) took to social media to also wish death upon Thomas. Thomas is often tarred with the charge of not being “truly black” by such ‘progressives’.
Indeed, Thomas recently asserted that the nation is far too obsessed with racial differences, prompting ‘liberals’ to hurl racist slurs while others implied that the black judge was himself being racist.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow blog responded to Thomas’ speech by attempting to argue that more race consciousness was a good thing because nobody wanted to return to 1960’s Jim Crow era. A CNN segment also implied that Thomas himself was racist for wanting to move on from race even being an issue.
The real reason why Democrats, along with Sharpton, and MSNBC and CNN contributors, are unhappy with Thomas’ comments, is because he called them out for what they are – race baiters who are obsessed with labeling everyone else racist simply to score political points.
With Chris Rock conducting a ten minute monologue of race jokes at the “racist” Oscars this weekend, and Quincy Jones advocating the appointment of a government “minister of culture” to ease race issues, it’s clear to see that Clarence Thomas has a point.
Sharpton also suggested that Senate resistance to confirming a new justice is another sign that they do not consider Obama to be a legitimate president.
“Isn’t this part, in many ways, uh, many of us are viewing of them, continuing seven years in to act as though he is not the real president, and to limit his powers? Because he’s the president till January 20th of next year.” Sharpton said.
“I know. And you know, it has been very difficult over these last seven years to see the way they have disrespected him every opportunity they’ve had.” Bass replied.
Or maybe it’s because Obama spends enitre weekends playing 27 holes of golf.
Or is that suggestion racist?