“He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court,” said Takei, who is best known for playing Sulu on Star Trek. “He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there.”
At issue appeared to Thomas’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling (Takei is himself gay), which the actor thought was apologetic towards slavery and Japanese internment camps. “And for him to say, slaves have dignity, I mean, doesn’t he know that slaves were in chains? That they were whipped on the back? If he saw the movie 12 Years as a Slave [sic], you know, they were raped.”
“My parents lost everything that they worked for, in the middle of their lives, in their 30’s. His business, my father’s business, our home, our freedom and we’re supposed to call that dignified? Marched out of our homes at gun point. I mean, this man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.”
Takei seems to be taking a rather tortured reading of Thomas’ dissent in Obegefell v. Hodges. Thomas wasn’t arguing that life under slavery or internment camps was a “dignified” existence, but that human dignity is an innate, God-given property that can never be squelched, no matter how hard oppressors try:
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.
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