Japanese American Actor George Takei called African American Judge Clarence Thomas a clown in blackface in an op-ed piece entitled “George Takei to Clarence Thomas: Denying our rights denies our dignity,” published on MSNBC.com.
It seems Takei wrote the piece less in response to Thomas’ ruling against the historic ruling of making same-sex marriage legal in all states -Thomas was one of four judges to rule against it, and more because of the following statements written by Thomas in regards to his ruling:
“Human dignity cannot be taken away by the government…Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them.”
George Takei is both openly gay AND was held in an internment camp during World War II, so he did not take Thomas’ statements lightly and blasted the black judge. Of course he back-pedaled a little in order to smooth over the sting of the word “blackface,” saying on a Facebook post:
“When asked by a reporter about the opinion, I was still seething, and I referred to him as a ‘clown in blackface’ to suggest that he had abdicated and abandoned his heritage…This was not intended to be racist, but rather to evoke a history of racism in the theatrical arts. While I continue to disagree with Justice Thomas, the words I chose, said in the heat of anger, were not carefully considered.”
Blindie thinks Takei has every right to be seething over Thomas’ comments, because last we checked it’s very hard to have dignity when the government selectively withholds rights from you that are afforded other people based on your race, sex, or sexual orientation. Of course, we don’t advocate using the term blackface but we sure do understand where Takei is coming from and we’re not mad at him for using the term, so “live long and prosper” (that is, if the government allows you to)!