To quote Gareth…

…what the actual FUCK.

 

The following statement was written in the dissenting argument for Obergefell v Holmes, which granted equal marital rights for all on June 26, 2015 in the United States of America:

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.

Horrible sentiment, correct?

We have already proven the first statement grosssssly incorrect on the Dollop. The second–internment camps–I have been gathering notes for a Dollop-episode-wide page, with information about the Chinese and Japanese interment camps, given all the pleasant things we’ve discussed so far.
(The featured image is carvings on a wall at Angel Island, made by interred Chinese.)

And reservations? The First Nations people really have flourished under that particular system of concentration.

But what makes this statement more horrific than ever? The writer, the justice who chose to put this mind-numbing statement into a legal document, is the one black justice sitting on the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas.

I’m going to repeat the lead-in of his argument against legal civil marriage again, because it needs to be stared at under a naked light bulb, with no cushioning around it:

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.

As I did in episode 54, Cassius Clay, I will refer you to the NPR article about being sold down the river, emphasis mine:

The Oxford English Dictionary notes that Harriet C. Frazier’s 2001 study “Slavery and Crime in Missouri, 1773-1865” contains the firsthand account from a journal by Mr. Aaron S. Fry, who witnessed the suicide of a slave who was about to be transported:

“A Negro man of Mr. Elies, having been sold to go down the river, attempted first to cut off both of his legs, failing to do that, cut his throat, did not entirely take his life, went a short distance and drowned himself.

Tried to cut off his own legs.

And so I repeat Justice Thomas, a black American, one more time:

Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/hippies-bigots-polygamy-the-nastiest-gay-marriage-dissent-quotes-20150626#ixzz3eMj1VD7b

About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.

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  1. Or, in which Clarence Thomas proves to be the next Dan Burros. So wrong.

  2. Or, in which Clarence Thomas proves to be the next Dan Burros. So wrong.

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