In this clip, George Takei absolutely destroys Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for his incredibly offensive remarks defending slavery in his dissent on the court’s gay marriage ruling. “He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court” rails Takei, the beloved Star Trek actor and vocal gay rights activist. “He doesn’t belong there. For him to say that slaves had dignity? Doesn’t he know that slaves were enchained? That they were whipped on the back…they were raped! And he says they had dignity as slaves?”
He then compares those comments to the awful experience his family went through during the Second World War, when Japanese citizens were rounded up and imprisoned in internment camps: “My parents lost everything that they worked for in the middle of their lives, in their thirties. Their business, their home? We’re supposed to call that dignified? Marched out of our homes at gunpoint? He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America!”
Clarence Thomas’s remarks were some of the more offensive and bizarre pronouncements made in the right-wing’s hysterical reaction to the gay marriage ruling, and Takei is absolutely right to call him out on it.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.