Black Congressman Stands by Comment that Clarence Thomas Is an ‘Uncle Tom’

Aaron Blake, Washington Post, April 30, 2014

Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) on Wednesday stood by his remark that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an “Uncle Tom” and continued to suggest that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) opposition to President Obama is race-based.

In an interview with CNN, the Congressional Black Caucus member doubled down on his comments, first made over the weekend, that Thomas apparently “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.” His comments were first reported by BuzzFeed.

“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 sensitive to those issues,” Thompson told Dana Bash.


Asked about McConnell’s statement that his goal as GOP leader in the Senate was to make Obama a one-term president, Thompson wouldn’t say flatly that it was racist but strongly pointed in that direction.

“I’ve never seen the venom put forth on another candidate or a president like I’ve seen with this president, and that’s my opinion,” Thompson said.


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  • Luca

    Can we ban him for life from Congress? Can we force him to pay a $2.5 million fine? Can we force him to sell his house?

    No, of course not. His “black privilege” is alive and well and allows him the luxury of a double standard.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Plus, if you checked the demographics of the neighborhood Thompson lives in, I’ll bet it is largely white, even though there are probably much blacker neighborhoods nearby he could live in. Perhaps Thompson secretly hates being black? But excuse me; I know it’s “racist” for a white to notice such things.

  • borogirl54

    From what I understand, Clarence Thomas was teased by other blacks because he was dark. This could have contributed to his so called hatred of being black.

    • Zimriel

      Yeah, I heard about that too. I also understand that Thomas came from an insular community, the Gullah, who really *didn’t* share much of the American black experience. They’re closer to the Barbadians (“Bajans”) – and their dialect is closer, too.

      It’s less that Thomas doesn’t like being black, and more that Thomas doesn’t think of himself as (that kind of) black.

  • They don’t like CT because his votes on SCOTUS don’t support Black Privilege and gibsmedat. It’s really that simple.

  • Someone should remind Rep.Bennie Thompson that he needs to “check” his “black privilege” before making such comments.

  • Preparation HBomb

    Another black racist jumping on the race-baiting bus. They SO resent it when one of their own gets an excellent education and makes it in the real world…..

    • Geo1metric

      Of course! It makes a big Lie of all of their “excuses” for not making it in America.

  • dd121

    Those on the left can make any kind of inflammatory remark they like and nobody blinks. If our side makes a factual statement about race that isn’t PC they’re white supremacist, Nazi haters. I think it’s high time to disregard those specious attacks.

  • IstvanIN

    Heaven help us if a black man supports the constitution and the rule of law.

    • Zimriel

      Yeah, I know; AmRen wouldn’t have anything to talk about! Except maybe anthropology and ancestral population movements, for us nerds.

      Let’s make this a meme. “Put Jared Taylor out of business! Study hard in school, get a job and quit beating up white people”

  • gregCall

    Any black that holds himself and other blacks to a standard of common decency will be regarded as a traitor by those blacks who embrace and profit from black dysfunction.

  • MBlanc46

    One could hardly blame Justice Thomas, if what Rep. Thompson says about him is true.

  • 4321realist

    Blacks in Congress concern themselves exclusively with blacks and all things black and care not one whit for issues that concern the country as a whole.

    They’re even less than useless, because they disrupt concentration on important issues with loud, outlandish statements that involve only race and racial issues.

    Integration is an abysmal failure.

    • I too am convinced the colors don’t mix . . .as different as night and day .

    • IstvanIN

      But blacks congresscritters kept the Navy from tipping over Guam. Give those bros some credit.

  • Imagine what would happen if a white congressman said something similar about a white Justice.

    Every black person I’ve met (the few) that has sense and dignity is easily characterized as an Uncle Tom. If you’re smart, you don’t “act black” or share “black interests.”

  • WR_the_realist

    Uncle Tom – n. Any black person who is intelligent, sensible, and fair.

    • evilsandmich

      Oreo – A black person who works too hard
      Twinkie – An Asian person who doesn’t work hard enough.

      I wonder if they use the terms ‘oreo’ and ‘Uncle Tom’ in Africa; or do they just kill and eat over-achievers and steal their stuff…

  • A Freespeechzone

    Let it be known here and now, objection to Obama or anyone can be based upon ANYTHING—including race, their looks, attitude or by ANY measure.

    Minorities always like to use race–we will (I do) too.

    Time for that fact to be shouted.
    No Apologies.

    • evilsandmich

      Well if you hate Obama’s racism towards white people; then I would suppose that’s a racism of a sort, at least to those using twisted liberal logic.

  • WR_the_realist

    Black people expect the black candidates they elect to have an explicitly pro-black bias, and nearly all black politicians are happy to oblige. Other politicians and the mass media expect this, see nothing wrong with this, and never criticize it. Imagine the uproar if a white politician came out as explicitly pro-white. The media knives would come out.

  • Judge Thomas might not like being black, but his sense of responsibility on the US Supreme Court makes it abundantly clear that he likes being an American, which is more than I can say for the occupant of the White House.

  • Lagerstrom

    Who is this ‘Uncle Tom’ these people keep whining about? Whoever he is, he must be a good fellow.

  • Urbane Neanderthal

    They just can’t help but demonstrate their IQ deficit.

  • archer

    A supreme court judge is not there to consider what’s good for blacks or any other so called minority, he’s there to uphold the constitution concerning laws and individual rights. Apparently this is lost on the “black caucus”.

  • Dale McNamee

    With someone like you,Congressman Thompson, in existence… I’d “hate being black “, too…
    You’re repugnant !

  • 2eRep

    Ape must never kill ape.