Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a portion of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, Justice Clarence Thomas has taken a beating from the left for voting with the majority.
Democratic state Rep. Ryan Winkler of Minnesota referred to the only African American on the high court as “Uncle Thomas” on Twitter; Winkler then offered what appeared to be an apology for employing the racist term.
Then there were Michael Eric Dyson’s comments to MSNBC’s Martin Bashir yesterday:
“Clarence Thomas’ actions here today, though consistent, though tragic to me, are even more so in light of the bulk of decisions he’s rendered in the name of a judicial vote on the Supreme Court. A symbolic Jew has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit holocaust and genocide upon his own people.”
Here’s the clip:
Clearly Dyson’s comments about Thomas aren’t positive, but if you’re a bit confused by them, you’re not alone. One follower scratches his head; Dyson clears it up for him (and us):