By Zack Linly, NewsOne
In today’s episode of Well, To Be Fair, His Name Is Thomas And I’m Sure He’s Somebody’s Uncle, a Georgia legislator kept it a little too real for white comfort on Tuesday when he called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom” right on Georgia’s state Senate floor during a debate about whether to place a statue of Thomas in the Georgia Capitol.
In fact, not only did Democratic state Sen. Emanuel Jones keep it one hundred about Thomas being the Uncle Ruckus of Judge Judys, but he essentially told white people straight up: This conversation ain’t for you!
“I’m just trying to tell you what we have in the African American community when we talk about a person of color that goes back historically to the days of slavery and that person betraying his own community – we have a term in the Black community,” Jones said. “That term that we use is called ‘Uncle Tom.’ An Uncle Tom… talks about a person who back during the days of slavery sold his soul to the slave masters.”
“So when we think about a person in the Black community who’s accomplished but yet [whose] policies seek to subvert, some may even say suppress, the achievements and the accomplishments of people of color, I couldn’t help but to think about that term in expressing my dissatisfaction with this particular legislation,” Jones continued.
Jones likely heard the quiet mumblings of offended Caucasians in the state Senate stands, and he’s clearly familiar with the way white fragility centers itself in every conversation about race, even the ones that don’t directly involve them, so he continued to not bother mincing words when he said: “Y’all just don’t get it! And I don’t expect people of non-color to get the sensitivity we feel about a person of color whose policies and practices and decisions on votes that we’ve rallied and fought against.
As I’ve mentioned before when Black conservatives were being called this name, Uncle Tom was the abolitionist hero in the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which is why the name has always been a misnomer used to describe Black sellouts to white supremacy. But other than that, Jones did not tell one lie.