State Representative Ryan Winkler, a Democrat in the Minnesota House, tweeted his disappointment with the Supreme Court’s virtual repeal of the Voting Rights Act due to “four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas.” This was Mr Winkler’s assessment of the 5 person majority that ruled against Civil Rights.
It was an apt description both of the accomplices to discrimination and for the appropriate labeling of Clarence Thomas as an Uncle Tom. Yet it was soon retracted as a result of a massive campaign, primarily by Cons and Koch-heads, that criticized the young, white legislator as “racist”.
Phony issue. Mr Winkler was speaking out on behalf of racial equality and used the term “Uncle Tom” for Justice Thomas simply because Thomas IS an Uncle Tom.
As WIKIPEDIA relates, “[t]he phrase “Uncle Tom” has also become an epithet for a person who is slavish and excessively subservient to perceived authority figures, particularly a black person who behaves in a subservient manner to white people; or any person perceived to be a participant in the oppression of their own group”.
Winkler did not insult the black community, he did not denigrate those who share the ethnicity or race of African-Americans. He did deprecate Clarence Thomas for his slavish subservience to the very same sort of people who maintained segregation for over a 100 years. Clarence Thomas has betrayed his people and his heritage, he has also betrayed the deep foundational principles of equal justice under the law.