Uncle Tom... what about it, Harry Reid

May 01, 2014 -- 8:05am

"Uncle Tom"...  what about it, Harry Reid

(Charlie Rood, May 1, 2014)


Well that didn't take long, did it.

In a post concerning Don Sterling on Wednesday, I wondered what will the NBA do "next time" there is an incident damaging to the league.   I stated - You know it's going to happen, just as it does in politics, in the entertainment world, or in ordinary life, there is always a "next time".

From the world of politics (though I will tie it together with Sterling).....

The Washington Post:   Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) on Wednesday stood by his remark that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an "Uncle Tom" and continued to suggest that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) opposition to President Obama is race-based.

In an interview with CNN, the Congressional Black Caucus member doubled down on his comments, first made over the weekend, that Thomas apparently "doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.” His comments were first reported by BuzzFeed.

"Well if you look at his decisions on the court, they have been adverse to the minority community, and the people I represent have a real issue with an African American not being sensitive to those issues," Thompson told Dana Bash.

Thompson cited Thomas siding with the conservative justices on the court -- of which he is a firm member -- upholding Voter ID laws and Michigan's ban on affirmative action. The court has also struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, which was first passed to prevent racial discrimination in elections.

"The people that I represent, for the most part, have a real issue with those decisions," Thompson said. "All those issues are very important and for someone in the court who's African American and not sensitive to that is a real problem."

Are you kidding me?   A member of congress using a racially insensitive term when talking about a Supreme Court Justice who he thinks isn't sensitive to a problem?   You are the problem, Representative Thompson.   Your disagreement with Justice Thomas cannot be taken seriously if you are going to do it using racially charged language.

To take this a step further, how about this from Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (from USA Today)...  

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday and said he has not taken a decisive stand against racism the way NBA commissioner Adam Silver has.

Reid (D-Nevada) applauded Silver's lifetime ban on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks against African-Americans and said Goodell should follow Silver's lead and force Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his team's name.

"I with almost all of America applaud the NBA's work to swiftly move to stamp out bigotry in its ranks," Reid said on the Senate floor, according to a rough transcript released by his office. "Commissioner Silver and the league have set the standard for how professional sports associations should act in the face of racism. I wonder … how the leadership of the National Football League, the NFL, that money-making machine, I wonder if they have taken notice of the NBA's decisive action. How long will the NFL continue to do nothing, zero, as one of its teams bears a name that inflicts so much pain on Native Americans?"

Really, Mr. Reid?   What if we paraphrased your story this way...

Senator Harry Reid was called out for not taking a decisive stand against racism the way the NBA commissioner has done.   Shouldn't Reid follow the the NBA and force Representative Thompson to change?

We wonder how the leadership in Washington, that money-taking machine, if they have taken notice of the NBA's decision action.   How long will politicians continue to do nothing, zero, as one its own members uses a name that inflicts so much pain on African Americans?

Yes, members of all politcal persuasion say stupid things and even use racially insenstive language.   It happens in sports, the world of entertainment, and life in general.   

And you know what?   This will happen again, because there is always a "next time".



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