Yes, Uncle Ruckus Thomas Still Hates Your Black Ass

“Paula Deen doesn’t like Blacks? Me neither!”

In my previous post I predicted two of the Supreme Court’s most important decisions would result as follows:  “affirmative action is further weakened and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is gutted.”

Turns out I was only half right.   Affirmative action lives, but only for now and the most important provision of the Voting Rights Act, Section Five, was curb-stomped by four White conservative judges and a house slave happier than Stephen in Django Unchained.

The Supreme Court punted the affirmative action case back down to the lower court, but made it clear the policy of considering race in college admissions is hanging by the thinnest of threads.    While Justice Anthony Kennedy is no fan of affirmative action, he’s not ready to provide the scissors that cuts it into shreds.

Clarence The Cruel Thomas has no such reluctance.   He’s ready to hack affirmative action into bloody chunks with a machete.    While the decision to return Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin  to the lower appeals court was 7-1 (with Justice Elena Kagan abstaining and Ruth Bader Ginsburg objecting), Thomas concurred with the majority, but wrote a separate 20 page opinion comparing affirmative action to slavery.

“Slaveholders argued that slavery was a ‘positive good’ that civilized blacks and elevated them in every dimension of life,” Thomas wrote in a separate opinion on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. “A century later, segregationists similarly asserted that segregation was not only benign, but good for black students.”

“Following in these inauspicious footsteps, the University would have us believe that its discrimination is likewise benign. I think the lesson of history is clear enough: Racial discrimination is never benign.  The University’s professed good intentions cannot excuse its outright racial discrimination any more than such intentions justified the now-denounced arguments of slaveholders and segregationists.”

“Although cloaked in good intentions, the University’s racial tinkering harms the very people it claims to be helping. 

   “The worst forms of racial discrimination in this nation have always been accompanied by straight-faced representations that discrimination helped minorities.”

The ULTIMATE affirmative action hire talks smack about the policy that put his incompetent ass on the Court. Pot calling kettle…

What’s the main argument against affirmative action? That it gives unqualified and unprepared Blacks an unfair advantage into jobs they would never qualify for based upon their individual merits?

Uncle Ruckus Thomas, shuffle on over!

“We wuz both cursed by this damn Black skin!”

With the case of Clarence Thomas being a notable exception. When Bush 41 put his name into nomination he said, “He was the most qualified man I could find” which was a total lie. Thomas wasn’t even the most qualified Black judge Bush could have selected. Thomas had kissed the right rings and they knew he was NEVER going to change or become an independent judge the way David Souter did.

Thomas is an AA baby right down to his toes and he got a lifetime appointment to a job he wasn’t remotely qualified for.  He knows it and bitterly resents it.   But Thomas has spent 22 years making sure  the rest of Black America suffers for his humiliation.

“I was disappointed because what I think what the court did today is stab the Voting Rights Act of 1965 right in its very heart,” Congressman John Lewis explained to MSNBC. “It is a major setback. We may not have people being beaten today, maybe they’re not being denied the right to participate, to register to vote, they’re not being chased by police dogs or trampled by horses. But in the 11 states of the old Confederacy and even in some of the states outside of the South, there has been a systematic, deliberate attempt to take us back to another period.”

“And these men that voted to strip the Voting Rights Act of its power, they never stood in unmovable lines, they never had to pass a so-called literacy test. It took us almost a hundred years to get where we are today. So, will it take another hundred years to fix it, to change it?”

There are only eight years difference in age between Representative Lewis and Judge Thomas.  There is a yawning chasm between how the two men perceive where Black Americans were regarding racism and where they are.

Say bye-bye to early voting, same-day registration, and weekend voting and say hello to more voter I.D. requirements, more polling places closed in Black and Latino neighborhoods, long waits in long lines and every other restriction Republican-run statehouses can dream up.   It will start down South (and already has in Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and other states covered by Section 5), but will it be too long before it winds it way up to Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio as well?

I  hope all my good liberal/progressive friends who have been LOSING THEIR SHIT for the past few weeks over the NSA domestic surveillance and the theoretical threats to liberty and democracy are equally fired up over what a conservative cabal has done to turn not the clock, but the calendar back.  This is 2013, but the Court may just have decided the 2016 presidential election.  Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic contender will rue the day a right-wing majority of the Court decided they were tired of racism and declared it a thing of the past.   At least racism directed toward non-Whites.

My father was what Thomas thinks he is: a strong and proud Black man.   He despised Thomas for his slave mentality.   He wanted to take Thomas, Pat Buchanan, Robert Novak and all those other despicable right-wingers and beat all their asses with a baseball bat.

The house slave who Bush 41 selected to occupy the seat vacated by Thurgood Marshall, the iconic champion of Black progress and civil rights,  continued to mock his predecessor’s legacy in joining his conservative brethren on the Court to gut Section Five and throw his own people to the tender mercies of racist Southern politicians.

I knew this ruling by the Supreme Court was coming.   I fully expected how the vote would go.   But I still want to beat Clarence Thomas’ punk ass with a baseball bat.

Black robes, white hoods.

Black robes, white hoods.

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A Dream Disgraced.

 

King doesn't need to have his honor restored.

Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally at the Reflecting Pool near the Washington Monument could have been noted and should have been forgotten as just another attention-grabbing stunt by the moronic Fox News host if not for the fact it will be held at the exact same place and day where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered the classic “I Have A Dream” speech some 47 years earlier.

Beck claims he had no idea his right-wing Woodstock was occurring on the anniversary of Dr. King’s seminal speech on race.  Right, sure.

It’s a insult of obscene proportions that a charlatan, fraud and a fool like Beck  would atetempt to appropriate Dr. King as a foot soldier in his cultural war against liberalism, social justice and President Obama.   The gamut of emotions stirred by such an despicable act run from spitting on the ground in abject disgust to strangling Beck until his beady little eyes bulge out. 

And I suppose it’s also just a coincidence among the featured speakers will be Alveda King, Dr. King’s niece, and a hopeless homophobe, right.  If the idea is to in part honor King among those whom Beck describes as a “national heroes” why the hell is Sarah Palin another invited speaker?

“This is going to be an iconic event,” Beck was quoted in USA Today. “This is going to be a moment that you’ll never be able to paint people as haters, racists, none of it. This is a moment, quite honestly, that I think we reclaim the civil rights movement. It has been so distorted and so turned upside down. It is an abomination.”

Reclaim the civil rights movement?  Oh right.  Beck believes the political Left have co-opted King as one of their own and as many conservatives have tried in the past, Beck is going to exploit a dead man for his own ends.  The respectful thing would be to have his rally and leave King out of it, but what does Glenn Beck or his devotees know about respect?

Putting America’s looniest talking head on the same stage as America’s goofiest politician should be one of those events that cannot occur in nature.  There’s just too much weirdness with Beck and Palin for normal human beings to safely process.  But for Palin, who has never exhibited the slightest understanding or interest in civil rights to be speaking in defense of the principle one week after Tweeting an incoherent defense of Dr. Laura Schelessinger’s Constitutional right to say “nigger, nigger, nigger” is obscene.

“Whites don’t own Abraham Lincoln,” Beck said. “Blacks don’t own Martin Luther King. Those are American icons, American ideas, and we should just talk about character, and that’s really what this event is about. It’s about honoring character.”

Representative John Lewis, (D-Ga), knows a little something about character.  Unlike Beck or Palin, he worked with King, marched with King and loved Dr. King.  He penned an essay for USA Today that should be read in its entirety by those angered and disgusted by the pathetic attempts of right-wing hustlers to pimp a fallen American hero.

I know there are those who take issue with Saturday’s event at the National Mall, but King quoted William Cullen Bryant  when he said, “Truth crushed to earth will (only) rise again.” We cannot manage the actions of others, but we can stand firm in our own non-violent convictions. With the knowledge of the truth as our defense, no information or misinformation can stop the power of a committed and determined people to heal a divided nation. Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.

After a brutal campaign of violence in Birmingham, Ala., positioned to stamp out the call for justice, where police dogs and fire hoses had been turned on children, the nation and the Congress responded with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Kennedy said this about the police commissioner in Birmingham, “The Civil Rights Movement should thank God for Bull Connor. He’s helped it as much as Abraham Lincoln.”

Regardless of the activity on the Mall this weekend or the inactivity on the Mall in the days after, the question before us still remains: Who do we want to be as a people and as a nation? Do we want to go back, or do we want to move forward? Do we want to erase the steps we struggled to take in the ’60s by gutting or repealing the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the 14th Amendment, the Fair Housing Act, and other progressive measures? I say, we have suffered too long and struggled too hard to turn back now. As a nation and as a people, we cannot, and we must not go back.

Before trying to "restore honor" how about decency and civility, first?

If Beck truly wanted to “restore honor” and exalt heroes, he should have invited John Lewis instead of Sarah Palin to speak.

Nothing that is said by anyone at Beck’s little hoedown can in any way tarnish or lessen Dr. King’s immortal and living legacy.   What it does prove is how the far Right admonishes Muslims for not “building bridges” when they choose to build a cultural center somewhere the Right doesn’t agree it should go, but deliberately and purposefully seek to antagonize the millions of Americans whom rightfully regard Martin Luther King as one of our greatest leaders as part of a transparently partisan stunt.

In the spirit of Dr. King we should forgive Glenn Beck and his pals.  It isn’t that that they know not what they do.  They know all right.  They just don’t care.

It’s more difficult to be like King and forgive our enemies, but it’s the better thing to do than to be as divisive and dishonorable as they are. 

Looking for Common Ground When There’s Nothing In Common.

  

They say they're not racists, so why is there so much racism around them?

 

A friend of mine who’s usually leans so far to the Left she makes me feel like Clarence Thomas serving lemonade at a country club said something the other night that honestly shocked me.  She said she thought the Tea Party protestors were just standing up for the Constitution and had Barack Obama pretty much pegged as a 14-karat phony.   She then said, all this talk about the Tea Partiers being riddled with racists was equally bogus because after all nobody actually heard anyone call Rep.  John Lewis a “nigger” or saw someone spit on another Black Congressman. 

Do some people reach a point in their political development where they’ve gone so far to the Left they have nowhere else to go but to The Right?    Makes me wonder. 

So it got me thinking.  Could there be something–anything—that I could actually have in common with a Tea Party member?   It’s not like I’ve ever actually sat down and talked to one.   

I’d like to think it doesn’t take another September 11 type of disaster to remind us what we have in common is far more important than what we disagree about, but as we Americans have so aptly demonstrated almost nine years later, division is so much more interesting than unity. 

We swap Democrats for Republicans for Democrats and Republicans and then wonder why everything stays pretty much the same. Obama runs on the public option and when he’s in the Big Chair he tosses it aside. Bush says he doesn’t believe in nation building and then turns around and sticks America with two unending wars. Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi’s are nobody’s idea of statesmen or profiles in courage. 

Both parties are bought and sold. The only difference is who is holding the receipt. 

The Tea Party issued it’s “hit list” of incumbents they want to defeat. Every last one of ’em a Democrat.  How does that happen if you really want to throw the bums out? There aren’t any Republican bums that need to be kicked to the curb too? 

So we replace Clinton with Bush and Bush with Obama and Obama with (fill in the blank) and all of them tell us how much better they’re gonna be than the jackass they’re replacing, but all they do is futz around the edges and leave the heavy lifting for somebody else. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a real “change” candidate who ever got within sneezing distance of the Oval Office. If there ever were such a person, someone would kill them. 

When in doubt who the real enemy go with whom you've been told the enemy is.

 

Some of it is our own fault. We don’t want anybody to tell us we have to pay more taxes or cut back dramatically in government services or that we can’t go tear-assing around the world solving everybody’s problem and making countries safe for another McDonald’s. We don’t want to make hard choices, unpopular decisions or tough calls. We want to sit back on our butts and assume “someone” is going to take care of whatever is wrong. 

It doesn’t seem to occur to us that “someone” might be us. 

This country needs more and better options than the Repubicrats and Democans. There are some real and systemic differences between the two parties, but both dance to the tune called by special interests, corporations and big shots who jealously protect their own turf and don’t give a good goddamn about the grubby masses they manipulate one way or the other. 

Business goes on as usual. 

If my friend honestly believes these people shouting in the street aren’t motivated by racial animus against the president, they sure seem to attract a lot of people that do.  Tell me again that’s only a few rotten apples and how they aren’t representative  of the movement’s larger goals.   I still can’t shake the funny vibe they aren’t mad about the same things I’m mad about.    I don’t see that much outrage from the Tea Party about poverty, social injustice, unchecked corporate power, and the way the country is divided by class even more than it is by race and sex.  

 I’m not interested in knocking down a few trees when the whole damn forest needs to be burnt down.  Washington is a sewer where money flows in and sludge flows out.  On that point I can understand what these predominantly White, well-off and conservative people are upset about. 

I’m just wondering why now?   Why are bailouts for bankers and automakers so much more infuriating than being lied into a war, waterboarding and domestic spying on American citizens?   Why is Barack Obama so much of a clear and present danger to America after two years than George Bush over eight? 

There’s only one reason I come up with to explain why, but it’s a reason my friend tells me is just the media has blown way out of proportion.    I would really  like to believe my friend is right, but to do so would mean I have to ignore the evidence of my own eyes and ears and accept that John Lewis is lying.    But if he’s not that can only mean one thing: she’s wrong and my first impression is the correct one:  I don’t have much of anything in common with the Tea Partiers and I probably never will.  

Maybe we both want a revolution, but for very different reasons and certainly with much different results.