Friday, February 05, 2010

Racism rears its ugly head once again...

...but this time, it's in regard to the First Amendment as opposed to the Second:

In expansive remarks at a law school in Florida, Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday vigorously defended the Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance decision.
He added that the history of Congressional regulation of corporate involvement in politics had a dark side, pointing to the Tillman Act, which banned corporate contributions to federal candidates in 1907.

“Go back and read why Tillman introduced that legislation,” Justice Thomas said, referring to Senator Benjamin Tillman. “Tillman was from South Carolina, and as I hear the story he was concerned that the corporations, Republican corporations, were favorable toward blacks and he felt that there was a need to regulate them.”

Interesting. So we have a black president who not only favors more laws originally intended to disarm his fellow blacks, but also favors laws originally intended to silence them. I'm sure if you pointed this out to him he'd say that "times have changed," but have they really?

Hat tip to Rhymes with Right, who says everything else that I'd like to say here, but I will quote him:

"So today we stand at a crossroads, faced with the choice between listening to a respected jurist as he defends the First Amendment and an adjunct law school faculty member (speaking far beyond his pay grade) to defend a Jim Crow law he finds politically advantageous to support."