Every now and then, friends of mine share humorous little images from George Takei’s Facebook page. They’re always cutesy or funny.
But George Takei?
Not so much.
This hateful little dink went off on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas calling him a “clown in blackface.”
Al Sharpton is strangely silent.
Imagine if someone called George a slant-eyed clown.
He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there. And for him to say slaves had dignity … I mean doesn’t he know that slaves were enchain? That they were whipped on the back? If he saw the movie “Twelves Years as a Slave” … you know … they were raped. And he says they had no … they had dignity as slaves? Or my parents lost everything that they worked for in the middle of their lives … in their thirties … His business … my father’s business, our home, our … our … our freedom. And we’re supposed to call that dignified? Marching out of our homes at gunpoint? I mean this man does not belong in the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.
What got Sulu to go on a warp-speed racist rant?
Well, Justice Thomas pointed out in his dissent to the gay marriage ruling that Government cannot bestow nor take away the dignity of any human.
dig·ni·ty (diɡnədē – noun) the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.
All human beings have dignity. It is innate. It is as innate as our humanity. We are all worthy of honor and respect.
Apparently Ensign Sulu doesn’t agree. Apparently it violates his Prime Directive to believe that all human beings have dignity regardless of their circumstances. Which means, if you follow Sulu’s logic, when his parents were interned, his parents had no dignity.
Don’t worry, Mr. and Mrs. Sulu. At least he didn’t call you clowns in blackface.
Listen, genius, Justice Thomas didn’t call slavery “dignified,” or being interned during World War II “dignified.” He said that the government, though it may enslave or intern human beings cannot, through enslavement or internment remove the innate dignity from those enslaved or interned.
Stop collecting cute puppy pictures for your Facebook page, and read Justice Thomas’ own words for yourself.
Perhaps recognizing that these cases do not actually involve liberty as it has been understood, the majority goes to great lengths to assert that its decision will advance the “dignity” of same-sex couples. Ante, at 3, 13, 26, 28.8 The flaw in that reasoning, of course, is that the Constitution contains no “dignity” Clause, and even if it did, the government would be incapable of bestowing dignity.
Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate. 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.
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.
The majority’s musings are thus deeply misguided, but at least those musings can have no effect on the dignity of the persons the majority demeans. Its mischaracterization of the arguments presented by the States and their amici can have no effect on the dignity of those litigants.
Its rejection of laws preserving the traditional definition of marriage can have no effect on the dignity of the people who voted for them. Its invalidation of those laws can have no effect on the dignity of the people who continue to adhere to the traditional definition of marriage. And its disdain for the understandings of liberty and dignity upon which this Nation was founded can have no effect on the dignity of Americans who continue to believe in them. [Emphasis Dianny’s]
Perhaps if Georgie boy did more than post cutesy images on his Facebook page and actually took a moment or two to read the above passage for himself, he would realize that the only clown here is, well, Sulu.
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