What the Disgusting Racism Against Justice Thomas Reveals About the 'Anti-Racist' Side | Opinion

Last week's reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court sent shockwaves through the political system. In addition to celebrations on the Right, there has been a dramatic backlash on the progressive Left, along with genuine fear among some women about what this ruling means for them. As is par for the course at this point, misinformation is rampant, and has included claims that the Dobbs ruling makes abortion illegal nationwide (it doesn't) or that states with abortion bans have no exceptions for when the life of the mother is at risk (they do). But there has been another, deeply unfortunate development, too: the vehement racism shown towards Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Thomas wasn't the author of the ruling (Justice Samuel Alito was), but Justice Thomas has been singled out on social media by progressives deliberately using some of the most vile, racist language.

Here's just a small sampling:

"Clarence Thomas is a dirty porch monkey and as a trans woman I'm giving every one permission to use the n word on him."

"Clarence Thomas really wants to own slaves and to be able to call Black people
N*****. In front of white people. And laugh. Coon ass motherf*****."

"Clarence Thomas: just another dumb field N*****."

"Doesn't the N***** realize his rights are next?"

"Clarence Thomas is still a n***** slave to his white "nutcase" wife Ginni Thomas and the Supreme Court is an f****** mess. I can't say it any other way; but it's the truth no matter what you think."

Clarence Thomas
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. A petition calling for Thomas to resign has reached over 300,000 signatures. Drew Angerer/Getty

If these hateful comments weren't troubling enough, it is even more disturbing that it was all white people who said it—white people upset about Roe, meaning, white liberals—the same people who lecture us about systemic racism.

One does not have to agree with Justice Thomas' judicial philosophy to see that speaking about this Black man in terms that Bull Conner would have approved of is shameful and should be condemned.

Yet as of this writing, many of these tweets are still up on Twitter.

The worst part about this is I'm not surprised. It only further reinforces every critique I have about modern white progressivism. Many of these people do not view Black people as equals but as tools that give credibility and moral authority to their ideology. Many white progressives view themselves as the "savior" of Black people, and as a result, they unconsciously believe we owe them our undying loyalty. That's why when anyone crosses them, they attack with a particular level of venom. And it's not just Black Republicans who they come for. White progressives will attack moderate Black Democrats too when they "get out of line."

The freedom that these white progressives feel to publicly call a Black man a racial slur because they disagree with his politics should be unnerving to all of us. Why did they think it was OK to dehumanize Justice Thomas in that way? Why does politics matter so much to them that they scream racial epithets when they don't get their way? What does it say about the people who claim to be on the "side" of Black Americans? What's really in their hearts?

Black Americans are constantly used as a political football in our system. Both parties are guilty of it. But for people who claim to be our friends and allies to use racist, segregationist language against a Black man who they disagree with is disturbing.

People who say those things don't truly love Black people, however many millions of dollars they spend on antiracism training. They love what Black people can do for them politically. We are just a tool for them to accomplish their political agenda. No amount of "Black Lives Matter" signs will change that.

Darvio Morrow is CEO of the FCB Radio Network and co-host of The Outlaws Radio Show.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.