We periodicallyÂ point out the most obvious person in the news who exhibitsÂ the sense of self-loathing that we lovingly call "tomming." By definition an Uncle Tom is:Â Â a black who is overeager to win the approval of whites (as by obsequious behavior or uncritical acceptance of white values and goals) - meanspirited? Maybe, but we think of it as our brand of tough love.
A Moment of Tom-Foolery
A news item that received little or no attention last month got ours and in doing so, serves as a moment of Tom-Foolery in the endless new cycle.
When I first heard that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the only Black jurist on the court, was breaking his normal silent ways to talk about the only Black President in US history, I was curious.
Afterall, Thomas, who is best known for his sphinx-like silence on all issues, especially on those involving race, must have something significant to say about the former Constitutional Law professor, turned politician.
What could it be?
Would he say he cried when Barack Obama was elected like fellow Conservatives Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell did back in 2008?
Maybe he wanted to talk about inappropriate movies with the First Lady?
Maybe he wanted to give an Uncle Ruckus-esc warning about trusting that new â€œNâ€ over there?
We werenâ€™t sure, but when Thomas joined a panel at Duquesne University Law School in Pittsburgh in April, we were obviously surprised.
But when the Supreme Court Justice was asked whether he was surprised to see a Black man win the US Presidency in his lifetime the only person not surprised was probably Uncle Tom.
Showing his true colors, Thomas launched into a diatribe that was only appropriate for the shoe shine guy or maybe the head house slave.
Thomas said he knew if ever a Black man won the US Presidency, he would have to be â€œapproved by the elites and the media.â€
To a guy like Clarence, President Obama, who has been called a Socialist, a liar, the anti-Christ and the â€˜Magic Negroâ€™ by buddies of the Justice, represents the type of go along to get along Negro that he has been railing against his whole life.
To Thomas, the current POTUS is the type of Blackie who is going along with a liberal agenda because heâ€™s expected to do so, not because he hopes to help the poor and disenfranchised.
The Supreme Thomas went on to say: â€œanybody that they (elites and the media) didnâ€™t agree with,â€ would be taken apart, seemingly alluding to his own, self-proclaimed, â€œhigh tech lynchingâ€ when he was appointed to the Supreme Court amid scandal.
Then Tommy, the â€œtortured Â Blackâ€ clarified: â€œYou can pick anybody, donâ€™t pick me, pick anyone who has decided not to go along with it; thereâ€™s a price to pay.â€
While his general comments were plain common sense, one had to wonder to whom Thomas was referring?
Who stands on this not going along side?
Nonetheless, Thomas seemed to have found a new way in which to perceive himself; evidently as a man brave enough to vote against the interest of his people, because heâ€™s a rugged individualist.
To many, heâ€™s that really educated Sambo who is too darn smart to believe the things he believes or to follow the extremist he seems to covet. Heâ€™s that guy who would sell his soul at the cross-roads to be accepted into an exclusive country club.
Where none of us will ever truly know what goes on in the twisted mind of this aptly named Supreme Court jurist, one thing is certain. He did replace the only other Black to serve on the Supreme Court, the dynamic and legendary Civil Rights Champion Thurgood Marshall.
In a master stroke of irony, Thomas seemed to be the anti-thesis of Marshall. He was one good Negro who knew his place.
Considered the most conservative member of the Supreme Court, Thomas was nominated to the nationâ€™s highest court in 1991 by the 41st President George H. W. Bush and was questioned by The Senate amid questions about inappropriate advances made to his subordinate Attorney Anita Hill.
As part of the investigation, Hill alleged Thomas made unwanted sexual advances towards her, when she was his assistant at the U.S. Department of Education. Despite claims by another woman from a previous post, Thomas was Daddy Bushâ€™s boy and an expected shoe in during the Reaganâ€“era hey days.
For this historic Tom, Anita Hill may have threatened to be his undoing, but there was no way he going to let some nigress stand in the way of his big chance to â€œshine.â€
Thomasâ€™ talk about the pornographic movies he enjoyed and other inappropriate topics came to light when Hill was questioned by The Senate.
She testified that after being continuously rejected for requests for drinks after work, Thomas allegedly used work situations to discuss sex. She said he would call her into his office for work and then change the conversations to his thoughts on sexual matters and pornographic films.
It seemed this dick liked conjuring up images of men with large members, women with large breast, Â acts of bestiality and group sex when Hill was around.
The former lawyer for Monsanto and follower of radical Conservative writer Ayn Rand, then played the â€œrace cardâ€ way before it was fashionable and accused Hill and members of the Senateof conducting a high-tech lynching.
Evidently discussing his inappropriate sexual conversations will Hill made the entire hearing process â€œâ€¦a circus and a national disgrace.â€
He went on to lash out as these same â€œuppity Blacksâ€ of which he is somehow not a part, accusing them of oppressing him.
â€œIt is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you,â€ Thomas testified. â€œYou will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.â€
See a recurring theme here?
In any event, this mascot for the political Right went on to vote against almost every liberal agenda, just like he was told. In true Tom fashion he actually has come to believe that voting against the interests of the masses and for those of the filthy rich, somehow makes him a maverick. For most of us, it just makes him â€“ yep, a Thomas.
I dunno, maybe those â€œuppity Blacksâ€ should have just taught him how to do the Electric Slide or maybe the secret handshake or something, but Thomas is convinced that being an advocate for at least the average American makes President Obama the sell-out.
Thomasâ€™ comments about Obama was just further evidence of how twisted and demented thoughts can become when youâ€™re allowed to live in the bubble. In short, it really was about the pot calling the kettle black; well sort of.
I guess he was probably too busy saying: “Yessir, Boss!” to question the elements that led to the George W. Bush presidency.
In the end, be it on a panel in Pittsburgh, in the courts, or just bragging about never actually having a conversation with the current President of the United States, Thomas was and still is who we thought he was – a hating-assed Tom.
So hereâ€™s to you Mr. Nasty man, youâ€™ve given us our moment of Tom-Foolery.
Now go show all of your rich, conservative buddies how youâ€™re one of the good ones and wrap up the scraps â€“ you boot licker.