Alabama Democrat Not A Fan Of ‘Uncle Tom’ Clarence Thomas’ Interracial Marriage

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Alabama State representative Alvin Holmes, a black Democrat whose loose-cannon pontifications have been a thorn in the side of the State’s flagging Democratic Party for years, topped himself Tuesday.

The Honorable gentleman from Montgomery reacted to something Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had said, earlier in the day, about history’s faulty perception of Southern racial inequality by getting on the floor of the Legislature — during a discussion of a bill about land surveying — and going off on Thomas for harboring the disagreeable audacity to be married to a white woman.

Thankfully, local reporters from The Decatur Daily and The Anniston Star were there to tweet Holmes’ pot-stirring comments in real time:

Holmes followed that up by later explaining to The Anniston Star that Justice Thomas is an “Uncle Tom.”

As one Twitter user pointed out, Holmes has been saying this kind of stuff about Clarence Thomas for years.

What had Holmes go all in Tuesday with his full house of race cards?

These words, which Justice Thomas had shared with students at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida:

My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person.

Thomas apparently slighted Holmes by speaking plainly about how successful progressive culture, of which Holmes is very much a part, has been in fanning the dying embers of yesterday’s racial jealousies back into an inferno today.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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