Flashback to 1991: “This is a high-tech lynching”.

September 25, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 charged with recommending to the Senate a thumbs up or down in confirming Judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court had eight Democratic and six Republican members, split largely along party lines -how unusual. In the end the committee deadlocked with a 7-7 sending the nomination to the full senate without an endorsement or recommendation for confirmation. The full Senate did however vote 52-48 to confirm, but it wasn’t pretty and sadly it laid the groundwork for what we are seeing today -only on steroids.

And now this is deja vu all over again! According to the Washington Post toward the end Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court nomination hearings, Anita Hill, a former employee of Thomas’s came forward with sensational allegations of sexual harassment. The testimony took three days, with the hearing broadcast live. The nation was shocked, transfixed and deeply divided. This like the Kavanaugh circus, was a shameless attempt to thwart the appointment of an originalist to the Supreme Court.

This video illustrates Judge Clarence Thomas’ very sober response to the whole thing. Senator Danforth, Thomas’ mentor throughout the process later said in an interview with NPR,

“And for the people that wanted to defeat him, there was no limit, just anything goes. And I thought it was awful. And I hope that doesn’t happen to any other nominee. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth trying to destroy a human being.”

There’s really not much more to say. It was just as disgusting as the barrage of lies and last-minute accusations against Judge Kavanaugh.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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Uncle Tom, Sell-Out or a Black Man Simply Telling The Truth?

May 29, 2014

I don’t get it. Bill Cosby suffered it when he opined publically that black teen pregancy was way too high and parents were not holding up their end of the deal when they’d buy $500 sneakers but not spring for the $200 to buy ‘Hooked on Phonics’ to give their kids a leg up on their reading skills. He accused poor blacks of not being able to speak English and for dropping out of school at a 50% rate. All true when he said it, but “how dare he”, was the feeling among many of his own race.

Louis Armstrong, the most famous jazz musician of all time was called an Uncle Tom because he played to ‘white only’ audiences during segregation in the South. He also played to ‘black only’ audiences on alternate evenings, but his shows on white nights were much better attended because many blacks at that time felt Armstrong was denigrating their race by performing for whites.

Most recently Stephen A. Smith a commentator on ESPN has been reviled for sticking up for Mark Cuban’s very sensible and honest remarks regarding the prejudices in all of us.

Here’s what Cuban said. Tell me what’s wrong with anything he said.

And I hope you’re used to the sour-puss PC crowd and blacks of all stripes referring to anyone who disagrees with Obama’s policies, as racists because that ain’t over yet. If Killary runs we’ll all be misogynists too, so we just can’t win. Oh and don’t forget the Islamophobes among us. We’re just haters.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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