Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Milwaukee Paper Claims: Clarence Thomas... Not Really Black

Ever heard black folks get told by other black folks that they are "not black enough"? A couple of years ago a good friend of mine told me that some kid told him just that. Maybe my eyesight isn't good enough, but the man's black. Clear as day.

Well, just a couple of days ago the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel printed an editorial saying pretty much the same thing about Justice Clarence Thomas.
In losing a woman, the court with Alito would feature seven white men, one white woman and a black man, who deserves an asterisk because he arguably does not represent the views of mainstream black America.
Oddly enough it was on Halloween.

I don't think much of another assertion the editorial writer makes.
...[nominating another white male to the Supreme Court] lessens the extent to which the court mirrors the nation's rich diversity...


O'Connor herself had expressed the desire that her successor be a woman.
Why should the court mirror the lovely tapestry that is our nation? Why should we introduce quotas into the Supreme Court? Surely, if these fine justices understand the Constitution and stick to it we really shouldn't worry whether a president nominates a guy with brown eyes, a woman in a wheelchair, a homosexual Korean man, a black fan of Star Trek, a lesbian woman with family in Portugal, an Italian who is a practicing Jew, or a half-black/half-white woman who once visited China.

And let's dispense with this nonsense that an outgoing justice had any say what so ever in his replacement. O'Connor didn't win the presidential election of 2004... G.W. did. It's nice she has an opinion... I'm sure she has a lot of them, only some probably miss the Constitutional mark.

Not black enough... mirroring the nation's rich diversity... what a load of baffle-gab. What this editorial writer means is, "We want a Democrat party sympathizer".

Well, how about this... Alito was nominated, so stick it to the Man.

UPDATE: 9:02 AM, Thursday November 3rd, 2005

Gina (from GeeDubya) mentions this sad, related story:

Top Democrats duck on Steele hits

The story also mentions some great words US Senate hopeful Mr. Kweisi Mfume for those who treat Steele and others with such racial contempt.
"Racially tinged attacks have no place in this campaign for U.S. Senate," said Mr. Mfume, who has chided his party's lack of support for his campaign. "If they did, I could very well be the object of public racial humiliation, based on my skin color, by people who don't like my politics."

"Black bigotry can be just as cruel and evil as white bigotry. There are too many bigots in too many places," Mr. Mfume said, repeating a common refrain from his speeches.
(I seem to recall disagreeing with Mfume on more than one occassion... however, I am very glad to give him a "Hail fellow, well met!" on the basis of his comments in this article.)

However, it was too good to last:
Even the spokesman for Mr. Mfume's campaign said pelting Mr. Steele with Oreo cookies and calling him an "Uncle Tom" are simply "pointing out the obvious."

"There is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names," Mfume spokesman Joseph R. Trippi said Tuesday.
Jerk. Mfume ought to be a man and at least come out against what his spokesman said. Fire him if he wants to show true values.

The article dodges the worst... mentioning the Photoshopped image of Steele and the story with thrown Oreos on the second page of the story. (Interesting possitioning, folks... some might call it covering all bases.)

If you wish to see more, Michelle Malkin has quite a few links on this story.


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