George Takei Apologizes for Calling Justice Thomas 'a Clown in Blackface'
After a week of defending his remarks, George Takei finally apologized today for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas a “clown in blackface. ”
Takei went on the racist rant Monday during an interview in Phoenix, in response to Thomas’ comments regarding the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage:
“He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there,” Takei said, later adding, “This man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America. I’ll say it on camera.”
Clarence Thomas, the grandson of a sharecropper who grew up in the racist Democrat Jim Crow South, managed to work his way to the nation’s highest court -- but only after the appalling food-fight that masqueraded as his confirmation hearings. In 1991 his left-wing critics created a public image of Thomas as a clown -- calling him an Uncle Tom and a sexual harasser. His actual crime, however, was that he was a conservative black and a potential vote on the Supreme Court that would limit or end legal abortion in America. In 2015, his gauche opposition to same sex marriage makes him equally infuriating to leftists.
Takei, who is most known for playing the character "Sulu" on Star Trek, spent the week trying to justify his racist remarks -- with plenty of encouragement from his fans on social media who didn't think he needed to apologize.
A few fans have written wondering whether I intended to utter a racist remark by referring to Justice Thomas as a “clown in blackface.”
“Blackface” is a lesser known theatrical term for a white actor who blackens his face to play a black buffoon. In traditional theater lingo, and in my view and intent, that is not racist. It is instead part of a racist history in this country.
I feel Justice Thomas has abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage by claiming slavery did not strip dignity from human beings. He made a similar remark about the Japanese American internment, of which I am a survivor. A sitting Justice of the Supreme Court ought to know better.
That statement, not surprisingly, failed to quell his critics.