There has been some incredibly overheated, hyperbolic rhetoric from the left after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 Voting Rights Act decision, particularly directed at Justice Clarence Thomas.
Thomas has been branded some sort of race traitor by those who disagree with his judicial and/or political philosophy even though we live in a country that celebrates diversity — which should and must include diversity of thought under the First Amendment.
For example, an obscure Member of Congress, Ryan WInkler (D – MN), referred to Justice Thomas as “Uncle Thomas” — a tweet that has since been deleted with a follow-up apology.
The ruling in question overturned one section of the 1965 law that requires certain states to obtain approval (i.e., preclearance) from the feds for any changes to voting laws. The rest of the measure remains on the books, and Chief Justice Roberts wrote that Congress is free to revise the outdated provision that the majority of justices deemed unconstitutional.
Regardless of the merits of the court’s conclusion, perhaps the most unhinged, if not disgusting, criticism of Thomas came from Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson. The professor, an MSNBC political analyst, had this to say on the network about Thomas in the context of the VRA decision:
“… Clarence Thomas’ actions… 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.”
Dyson’s MSNBC commentary drawing a totally absurd connection between the worst act of genocide in history and a court decision over which reasonable people can disagree was denounced by the Anti Defamation League. “We are shocked that anyone would draw such an outrageous comparison between a ruling rendered by justices working within the bounds of our constitutional democracy, and the murderous deeds of the Nazis during the Holocaust… As we have said repeatedly, there is no place for comparisons between social or political issues in the 21st century and the genocidal actions of Hitler and the Nazis, whose crimes against humanity and role in the deaths of six million Jews and millions of others were unique in history and should be respected as such.”
According to the US Census Bureau, blacks actually voted at a higher rate than whites in the 2012 election.
In light of his offensive remarks that trivialize the Holocaust, do you think MSNBC should continue to give Michael Eric Dyson a platform?