Mississippi Democratic Congressman Criticizes Opposition To President Obama As Racial Bias

May 4, 2014  |  

Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson (D) went on the record again with CNN to explain why he thinks Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an “Uncle Tom” who “doesn’t stand up for African Americans.”

“Well if you look at his decisions on the court, they have been adverse to the minority community, and the people I represent have a real issue with an African American not being sensible to those issues,” he told CNN’s Dana Bash.

“The people that I represent, for the most part, have a real issue with those decisions–voter ID, affirmative action, Affordable Care Act–all those issues are very important and for someone in the court who’s African American and not sensitive to that is a real problem,” he continued.

Rep. Thompson’s original remarks were made last weekend during an appearance on a New Nation of Islam radio show. He also accused Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) of racism and attributed the current “anti-government” attitude on the fact that President Obama is black.

“That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States — not the chief executive, but the commander-in-chief — that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is,” Rep. Thompson said.

He also slammed Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for turning down funds for expanding Medicaid. (The governor said he did so in case the Affordable Care Act gets repealed. None of the many Republican efforts to get the law overturned have been successful.)

Rep. Thompson calls out Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner (R-Oh), and others for their sharp opposition to the Affordable Care Act while they showed no opposition to President George W. Bush’s prescription drug program.

“When a black man comes up with the idea, you understand,… there’s something wrong with it,” Rep. Thompson said. “So once again, it’s that race that’s creeping into the picture.”

On the anti-government attitude of those like Cliven Bundy, Rep Thompson said, “That kind of attitude has just been around the last 5 1/2 years.”

Buzzfeed has excerpts from the recording.

In his responses to CNN’s Bash, Rep. Thompson maintains that the topics he brought up have never been issues for other presidents. Thompson has been in Congress for 11 terms.

Your thoughts on Rep. Thompson’s comments? Per Bash’s question, are they appropriate?

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  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    Bennie Thompson ALWAYS keeps it real! Why do you think he’s had 11 terms?

  • hollyw

    Welp, he said it, we’re all thinking it.

  • Patricia

    We need to support this man for standing up for what most blacks were thinking. I hope the people in MIssissippi support this man for standing up.

  • Kenedy

    Well Clarence Thomas I should a douche…He is right about that

    • Kenedy

      Damn auto correct…I meant to say is a douche

  • John Sadders

    Give me free stuff or you must be RACIST!!!!…………………..

    • FromUR2UB

      You’re racist because of your racist thoughts…especially that one about “give me free stuff”.

      • hollyw

        LMBO right, they walk right into it. Most of their problems are that they don’t even know what rac ism looks like today, like perpetually applying na sty stere otypes like that. Boy, bye.

        • FromUR2UB

          They’re not very smart people.

  • FromUR2UB

    Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Everyone knows that racism is indefensible. That’s why no one ever owns up to it. So, they try to claim it’s about the President’s policies, while calling him lazy and unintelligent. Healthcare for everyone: How despicable! Wanting to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure: Horrible! Green energy: Obscene! What else, because they’re never clear about which policies are so offensive? They’ve tried to frame him as weak on one day, a dictator the next. Whoever heard of a weak dictator?? They’re so busy spinning around in their whirlpool of idiocy that they never stop to realize they contradict themselves. According to them, democrats are takers and moochers by nature, yet they defend taking and mooching as long as the taker is anti-Obama government. Now, they’re back to trying to make a scandal of Benghazi. Get it: the “scandals” don’t stick because nothing scandalous occurred.

    Clarence Thomas is an utter fool if he believes he didn’t benefit from Affirmative Action. The law is still necessary today because of the doublespeak BS that people pull to exclude others. The opponents of Affirmative Action who claim that black applicants who win a spot over them are lesser qualified, need to be challenged on that point. Since that information is supposed to be confidential in most cases, they should be required to reveal their sources. They should have to explain in detail WHY someone is lesser qualified.

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