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Democratic Lawmaker Did Not Realize It Would Be Offensive to Call Clarence Thomas ‘Uncle Thomas’
New York Magazine ^ | 6/24/2013 | Dan Amira

Posted on 06/25/2013 11:22:10 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Minnesota state representative Ryan Winkler, a white Democrat, did not have the world's most well-thought-out response to the Supreme Court's 5–4 ruling against a key provision of the Voting Rights Act today. As you can see in the tweet above, he referred to Clarence Thomas, who voted with the majority, as "Uncle Thomas." Uncle Tom is a derogatory term used to describe "a black who is overeager to win the approval of whites (as by obsequious behavior or uncritical acceptance of white values and goals)," which is exactly how it's being used here by Winkler.

Winkler deleted the tweet and apologized, but also claims, dubiously, he didn't realize "Uncle Tom" had "racist" connotations.

To be fair, there are situations when it is not racist for a white guy to call a black guy "Uncle Tom," such as when referring to an actual uncle of his named Tom, which is not what happened here, so never mind.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: democratscandals; dnctalkingpoints; liberalbigot; minnesota; movealong; nonapology; nothingtoseehere; ryanwinkler; twitter; unclethomas; uncletom




1 posted on 06/25/2013 11:22:10 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
He is a ?:

A. Liar

B. Racist

C. Idiot

D. All the Above

2 posted on 06/25/2013 11:24:27 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: nickcarraway

He knew it. He just thought that being a self hating white liberal allowed him to get away with it.


3 posted on 06/25/2013 11:25:10 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

The “D” after his name says it all. $5.00 says there is ZIP, ZERO, NADA political fallout for this imbecile for the comment.


4 posted on 06/25/2013 11:26:52 AM PDT by ssaftler (Oh, hell YEAH!!!! This is absolutely Obama's fault)
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To: nickcarraway
It's OK. Clarence Thomas is a conservative black, so you are allowed to demonize him all that you want.

Just don't you dare criticize Our Glorious Leader, because that would be racist.


5 posted on 06/25/2013 11:30:36 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

He wonty just get away wit it.

He will be praised for it by every pinko in the media.


6 posted on 06/25/2013 11:31:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

E. All the Above...and much, much, more.


7 posted on 06/25/2013 11:31:56 AM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: nickcarraway

Fire him and take away all his privileges, just like they did to Paula Deen.


8 posted on 06/25/2013 11:32:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: nickcarraway

Wonder if he will get the Paula Dean treatment?


9 posted on 06/25/2013 11:34:14 AM PDT by mware
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To: nickcarraway

At this point, he’s a democrat, what difference does it make?


10 posted on 06/25/2013 11:34:31 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The Lefties can drink Kool-Aid; I will drink Tea.)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

D


11 posted on 06/25/2013 11:35:44 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The RINO/amnesty argument goes like this: 1) If we pander to Hispanics, we will save the GOP, at le)
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To: nickcarraway

The Food Network issued a statement saying that effective immediately Winkler will not be welcome as a guest on any of their shows even though such an apperance was never planned and was as likely to happen as Paula Deen getting her job back.


12 posted on 06/25/2013 11:36:15 AM PDT by Iron Munro (From nobody to senator, to Conservative savior,)
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To: nickcarraway

Clarence Thomas refuses to serve on Master Winkler’s Plantation.


13 posted on 06/25/2013 11:37:18 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: nickcarraway
LOL, get a look at his address

553 State Office Building

100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

651-296-7026

E-mail: rep.ryan.winkler@house.mn

14 posted on 06/25/2013 11:37:33 AM PDT by mware
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To: nickcarraway

In that case, he should immediately resign and have all book deals taken off the table along with severing any ties that he might have to corporate America or personal business.


15 posted on 06/25/2013 11:37:35 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

Is he lying? Oh, that’s right he’s a democrat.... Nevermind.


16 posted on 06/25/2013 11:41:37 AM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: nickcarraway

BS being a Dem he thought he could get away with it


17 posted on 06/25/2013 11:45:39 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: nickcarraway

Barbara Walters made the same excuse for Bill Maher saying he had no idea that calling Trig Palin a “Retard” was a bad thing, maybe he thought it was a term of endearment..liberals know what they are saying, they just know they can get away with it because they are liberals


18 posted on 06/25/2013 11:46:37 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: nickcarraway
His very phrasing in the twitter indicates that he made a distinction between the four "accomplies to racial discrimination" and the other being an Uncle Tom.
19 posted on 06/25/2013 11:46:58 AM PDT by mware
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To: nickcarraway

Clarence Thomas is a free man.
Winkler is the Uncle who is eager to win approval from his Dem/socialist plantation overloards.


20 posted on 06/25/2013 11:47:12 AM PDT by weston (As far as I'm concerned, it's Christ or nothing!)
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To: nickcarraway

Too bad he doesn’t work for the Food Network.


21 posted on 06/25/2013 11:48:38 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: nickcarraway

I am sure libs would be just as forgiving if Republicans called the wimin in the BCC Aunt Jemimas.

esp at MSNBC.

I bet Al Sharpton completely ignores the Uncle comment, plus he will be ranting the whole hour over the SCOTUS decision


22 posted on 06/25/2013 11:49:09 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: nickcarraway

This anal pore graduated from Harvard.


23 posted on 06/25/2013 11:49:15 AM PDT by nd76
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To: nickcarraway
And this guy at MSNBC thought this misspelling was just a cute joke.
24 posted on 06/25/2013 11:50:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Guy looks like a faggot. Yes, that is intended to be offensive....to faggots.


25 posted on 06/25/2013 11:51:04 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: mware

Or, can Paula use that same excuse?


26 posted on 06/25/2013 11:55:34 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: nickcarraway

Obviously uncle Tom is racist.
Uncle Tom is NOT racist. (If you have an Uncle named Tom).

Easy way to remember if Uncle should be capitalized:

Bill helped his uncle Jack off the horse.

Bill helped his Uncle Jack off the horse.

You are welcome.

Now if he had said E. Kagans breath smelled like ‘felines’, he may be in trouble.

If C. Thomas makes the same statement, he is in trouble.


27 posted on 06/25/2013 11:56:25 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --Inside every 'older' man there is a 'younger' man wondering "WTF happened")
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To: nickcarraway

He can always claim ‘brain rot’,, or maybe he froze his frontal lobes as a kid.


28 posted on 06/25/2013 12:04:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: NYer; The Mayor; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; GOPJ; Salvation; Grampa Dave
It'll cost us $100 million tax dollars for Obama to go to Africa to apologize for slavery.

Will O apologize for his big buck Hollywood donors---for making those imbecilic jungle pictures? W/ bare-chested grunting African males in adult diapers and zany headdresses carrying demeaning props like spears and feather-trimmed totems.

Not to mention the perennial Hollywood stereotype---Step'n Fetchit.

NOTE Fetchit became a big star and supposedly converted to Islam---but he is buried in a Catholic cemetery.

29 posted on 06/25/2013 12:06:22 PM PDT by Liz
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To: nickcarraway

What, exactly, are “white values and goals”?


30 posted on 06/25/2013 12:07:09 PM PDT by Jumpmaster (Mitt said he will put America back to work. 53% said "Screw that"!)
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To: xrmusn

LoL

‘Leaving Bob with the difficult decision of either laying Jill or Jack off.’

Funny how the spelling of the word ‘potato/potatoe’ is a big deal for the left and their (clearing throat) news organs. Or quibbling over the word ‘is.’

But call someone a hymie, retard or Uncle Tom and .... nothing to see here, move along, peasants.
Just more lefty special-pleading BS.


31 posted on 06/25/2013 12:11:52 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: nickcarraway

At least Paula Dean can cook.


32 posted on 06/25/2013 12:12:24 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: Liz

” NOTE Fetchit became a big star and supposedly converted to Islam-—but he is buried in a Catholic cemetery. “

Step owned several homes, and a fleet of cars. Eventually bankrupt.


33 posted on 06/25/2013 12:15:03 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The RINO/amnesty argument goes like this: 1) If we pander to Hispanics, we will save the GOP, at le)
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To: nickcarraway

The Food Network and Smithfield need to fire him immediately.


34 posted on 06/25/2013 12:22:15 PM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

E. Democrat (actually, that’s the same as D. All of the Above)


35 posted on 06/25/2013 12:22:17 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Government: Slimy used car salesmen writing laws forcing you to buy their cars)
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To: nickcarraway

To paraphrase another poster,
He knew it. He just thought he would get away with it.


36 posted on 06/25/2013 12:26:44 PM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: nickcarraway

He didn’t realize that “Uncle Tom” had racist connotations??? What public high school did he attend? He cannot possibly have a college degree.


37 posted on 06/25/2013 12:30:20 PM PDT by Eva
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To: nickcarraway

I guess he is as stupid as he looks.


38 posted on 06/25/2013 12:55:37 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: nickcarraway

Catty liberal is now feeling the backlash of his snippy and RACIST comment.


39 posted on 06/25/2013 1:22:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: BenLurkin

“It was a nuanced comment...” is the refrain when everyone from Sandra Fluke to Bill Maher make such asinine comments.


40 posted on 06/25/2013 1:24:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Liz

Shouldn’t “mother Africa” be apologizing for slavery considering it was tribal warlords there who captured and sold African slaves and there is STILL slavery in Western Africa today??


41 posted on 06/25/2013 1:26:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Notice that Barabra Walters’ steered clear of even discussing the full Bill Maher remark? He was saying that Sarah Palin has a retarded son. WHY? Barbara said it is because Ms. Palin is a controversial figure who gets ridiculed. So why bring up her son and his mental facilities?

Did Bill Maher say “Of course Sarah feels she has something intelligent to say, she spends her days talking to her retarded son”?

Or did Bill Maher say “Sarah Palin has a retarded son, acorn didn’t fall far from the tree, did it?”

WHAT was the statement Mr. Maher made? It goes beyond JUST saying “retard”. AND Barbara Walters knows it.


42 posted on 06/25/2013 1:31:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway

The Minneapolis Red-Star Tribune has already disabled comments on its story.


43 posted on 06/25/2013 1:32:27 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: xrmusn

”You are welcome.”

I am guessing you are here all week and I shouldn’t forget to tip my waitress?


44 posted on 06/25/2013 1:33:27 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Barbara Walters defended Maher because a few weeks ago apparently The View contacted Sarah Palin to be a guest host on the show..she said no..so this was some sort of payback on Walters part..The View accused Sarah Palin of being involved in 6 murders(The Giffords shooting) did they think for one second that she would appear on that crappy show..Barbara Walters and the rest of those hags are just plain disgusting..according to Whoopi “Retard” doesnt have the same meaning now that it did a long time ago..I wonder how Whoopi would feel if someone went to her face and called her the N word, maybe that word doesnt have the same meaning either anymore


45 posted on 06/25/2013 1:53:12 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: nickcarraway

I e-mailed this POS and told him we were not so stupid to believe he did not know UT was a derogatory term.

If we were to assume for one minute that he did not know the meaning of Uncle Tom then why on earth call someone Clarence an Uncle Tom?

He should be removed from his elected position for insulting all of America’s intelligence.


46 posted on 06/25/2013 1:55:17 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: nickcarraway

The only ‘Commandment’ that matters is the 11th... the one that says ‘Thou shalt not call people or groups names” .

Sticks and stones may break your bones but names will get you fired... Ask Paula Deen. The only option here is for Winkler to be fired.


47 posted on 06/25/2013 2:30:12 PM PDT by GOPJ (... liberal anger - - the privileged wheeze of entitled brats ... Greenfield)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I am guessing you are here all week and I shouldn’t forget to tip my waitress?
= = = = = = = = = = = =
For sure.
Take my wife....
NO, SERIOUSLY - take my wife....

As to tipping the waitress, remember I CAN accept adult beverage while working - to wash down the peanuts I am working for.....

Exit left...drum roll.....


48 posted on 06/25/2013 3:21:55 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --Inside every 'older' man there is a 'younger' man wondering "WTF happened")
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To: nickcarraway

Paula Deen lost her job for a lot less.


49 posted on 06/25/2013 4:17:33 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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