Rep. Bennie Thompson Defends Calling Clarence Thomas An “Uncle Tom”

Source: Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., is standing by remarks he made on a New Nation of Islam radio program where he alleged that criticism of President Obama is motivated by racism and called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom.”

“Well 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 sensible to those issues,” Thompson, who is black, told CNN when asked to explain his comments.

While the term might be racially charged for some, for others, “It’s the truth,” he said.

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  • Steve Eury

    This guy is making generalizations of people and massive rationalizations for his party’s political failings. I don’t support anyone who cloaks himself in racist behavior to further his own agenda.

    • Jaimikai

      Have a seat and shhhhhhh…

      • Steve Eury

        Nope.

        • Steve Eury

          Seriously, I know we are being funny, but don’t tell me to shut up and think that helps the situation. Tell me where I am wrong – and I mean give me a reasoned argument, not an angry tirade. If we can’t tolerate other points of view we can’t come together and fix anything. An opinion can’t win unless a majority agrees with it.

  • boolio

    Thompson is the worst kind of human. Laying an unjustified blanket judgment on someone’s character he knows very little about simply because he disagrees with him-not to mention the fact Clarence Thomas has been a fine example for the black community to follow in light of all the garbage, judgment, double standard and race-baiting perpetuated by the so-called black leadership for over 40 years now.

    • Sadie

      I don’t know many black people…including myself who consider Clarence Thomas to be a fine example for the black community. He is considered an embarrassment, being only slightly less so than Allen West.

      • Guest

        Which bolsters my idea that there is absolutely no freedom of thought withing the American black community. It is tantamount to fascism. If you do not fall in line, you are ostracized, criticized, judged, and kicked out. It’s akin to when a chick in a chicken coop is considered weak, so all the others start pecking it to death.

        • Sadie

          No…it is more akin to finding him contemptible for his views about race, i.e. his and others. He’s color struck.. I would feel the same about a white guy (or any guy) who’s views were similar (not just toward black people). I think you have a poor understanding of things. Maybe starting with Tim Wise’s writings might help.

      • Daryl Davis

        Interestingly, semi-literate black thugs like Tupac, Biggie, and Trayvon aren’t considered an “embarrasment.” I’m no fan of Allen West, but that’s because he’s a militarist and a war criminal, not because I think he’s an “Uncle Tom.”

    • Jaimikai

      Clarence Thomas has never opened his mouth to ask a question about any case for seven years, If that is the fine example that you recommend the black community to follow then I recommend you follow in his example and keep your comments and questions to yourself.

      • boolio

        I recommend you take your intolerance, kiss off, and come back when you have some substance to offer or at lest when you reach 11th grade.

  • Tim

    Hasn’t even Farrakhan gotten upset with 0bama by now, years after comparing him to Jesus?
    So who all is “racist”, schmucks?

  • Sadie

    IMHO-Thompson is correct. Having spoken to people he went to school with, Clarence Thomas has been considered an ‘”Uncle Tom” since at least Law School. He is the perfect example of the culture of shuck and jive, more concerned with pleasing his white peers than than the job he should be doing. It’s sad, but he is from an unfortunate age that believed ‘white makes right’. Thankfully, most people (reasonable people), black, white, and other see the value of people for who they are which makes it OK to be yourself. However, he comes from the same belief that made people try to ‘pass’ as white to get ahead in the world. I know this because that’s how my father was raised. He was a bright man, but still felt it necessary to shuck and jive to fit in with white peers. (He was born in the 1930’s) No, I don’t know Clarence Thomas personally….but I do recognize the behaviors.

    • boolio

      Sadie your comment reinforces my idea that there is absolutely no freedom of thought withing the American black community. It is tantamount to fascism. If you do not fall in line, you are ostracized, criticized, judged, and kicked out. It’s akin to when a chick in a chicken coop is considered weak, so all the others start pecking it to death.

  • Peter Adamo

    What decisions has Thomas made that were based on “pleasing his white peers” and not in accordance of the law? I ask because I don’t know. To me the law is the the law and race shouldn’t be concerned at all when deciding one way or another. But that’s my opinion. It would be nice to have a country where Racism is gone completely from both sides of the isle not just from white against Black. None of it is helpful to the country one bit.

    • Sadie
    • Hank H

      Couldn’t agree more. In the words of Chief Justice Roberts, “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

      • Jaimikai

        Now that statement is coming from a group that would mostly likely discrimate, right? Just asking?

    • Sadie

      By the way, I agree with you that the “law is the the law and race shouldn’t be concerned at all when deciding one way or another” but that’s not the world we live in. With more people like you, hopefully we’ll get therein our life times.

  • Jim Muse

    There are a lot more black racist than there are white racist,the black population think we owe them something for what our forefathers did, we was not a part of this movement, so suck it up black people and accept the fact that we do not owe you a thing.

    • Jaimikai

      What did your forefathers do?

      • jim beam

        nice name spook

  • alani

    Clarence Thomas was appointed to the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity for white folks who don’t know), by Ronald Reagan, and gutted that Program. White folks always say we support someone because they are black and then have an issue with us not supporting Clarence Thomas and his positions. The Republicans replaced Justice Marshall with this clown, who will sit up at a KKK Rally and act like he is one of them. He hates himself and anyone that looks like him, just like any House Negro. We as black folks know who the, House Negroes” are and so do white folks. They know how to pick um!

    • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      I did not know that he gutted that program. Thanks for information. It is one part of his sad, disturbing legacy.

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