While speaking with a local Fox affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona, “Star Trek” actor George Takei unleashed a “racist rant” against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Newsbusters’ Scott Whitlock said Thursday. According to Takei, Thomas is a is a “clown in blackface” who isn’t qualified to be on the court for opposing the recent gay marriage ruling.
“He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court,” he told Fox 10. “He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there.”
Takei took issue, Whitlock said, with comments Thomas made in his dissent regarding human dignity. Thomas wrote that human dignity is not something the government can bestow or take away.
“Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate,” Thomas wrote. “When the Framers proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that ‘all men are created equal’ and ‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,’ they referred to a vision of mankind in which all humans are created in the image of God and therefore of inherent worth. That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built.”
He continued: “The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.”
Takei, however, took issue with that statement, even though Thomas was clearly speaking of the inherent dignity all people have regardless of circumstances. “I mean, doesn’t he know that slaves were in chains? That they were whipped on the back,” he asked.
“If he saw the movie 12 Years a Slave, you know, they were raped,” he added. “And he says they had dignity as slaves or – My parents lost everything that they worked for, in the middle of their lives, in their 30s. His business, my father’s business, our home, our freedom and we’re supposed to call that dignified? Marched out of our homes at gun point.”
Takei, however, wasn’t finished. “I mean, this man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America,” he said.
The Washington Post noted that as a child, Takei endured life in an internment camp during World War II. In an op-ed at MSNBC, he discussed the horrific treatment meted out to his family. According to Takei, he and his family were forced to live in a horse stall before being shipped to a camp in Arkansas, where they were treated like prisoners.
“For many, it was indeed a great loss of self-worth and respect, a terrible blow to the pride of the many parents who sought only to protect their children from coming to harm,” Takei said. “Justice Thomas need have spent just one day with us in the mosquito-infested swamplands in that Arkansas heat, eating the slop served from the kitchen, to understand that it was the government’s very intent to strip us of our dignity and our humanity.”
“To say that the government does not bestow or grant dignity does not mean it cannot succeed in stripping it away through the imposition of unequal laws and deprivation of due process,” he added. “At the very least, the government must treat all its subjects with equal human dignity. To deny a group the rights and privileges of others, based solely on an immutable characteristic such as race – or as in Obergefell, sexual orientation – is to strip them of human dignity and of the liberty to live as others live.” He went on to say that Thomas should understand this considering his marriage to a white woman, something he said would have been illegal 50 years ago.
Whitlock said it’s not the first time Takei has lashed out. “In February of 2014, he sneered that ‘religious freedom is just a cloak for prejudice.’ Considering the celebrity’s racist rant on Monday, he would certainly know about ‘prejudice,'” he added.