DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler calls Clarence Thomas "Uncle Thomas"

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Clarence Thomas (left); Ryan Winkler (right)
"And if Virginia wants a battle flag back from their war to defend slavery, they can march to Minnesota and take it," Winkler also wrote.
:::: UPDATE :::: Rep. Ryan Winkler says he thought "Uncle Tom" meant "turncoat"

Rep. Ryan Winkler, D-Golden Valley, got himself in hot water for a racially insensitive tweet about today's U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is unconstitutional.

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In an ironic twist, Winkler's offending tweet was meant to criticize the Supreme Court's allegedly racially insensitive logic.

The 5-4 ruling, which weakens federal oversight of state-level voting rights -- oversight that was originally targeted largely toward making sure officials in southern states couldn't prevent blacks from voting -- was pretty much split between the court's right-leaning and left-leaning members. In the majority were John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito... and the court's only black justice, Clarence Thomas.

Here's what Winkler had to say on Twitter about Thomas's vote:

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An "Uncle Tom," of course, is "a black who is overeager to win the approval of whites (as by obsequious behavior or uncritical acceptance of white values and goals)," as Merriam-Webster defines it.

Winkler's tweet outraged a number of folks and was deleted about 45 minutes after it was published. Here's what Winkler had to say about that decision:
And after this post was first published, Winkler directed this tweet toward yours truly: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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queen_mahir
queen_mahir

I don't accept your apology.  The term is "Uncle Ruckus", not "Uncle Tom".   Carry on.

coredog07
coredog07

Is it racist if its accurate? Someone please tell me where Thomas has sided with his black brethren? He is basically corporate americas bitch. And corporate america is mostly rich white people.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Ryan Winkler used the word “IF” within his “Apology” ???
Ryan Winkler: “But if such a suggestion is offensive, I apologize”
That is not an apology. He is only sorry to those who he might of offended, and clearly not sorry for what he carefully constructed and put into typed text.

Know this, he meant it. 

monkeegroupies
monkeegroupies

Before commenting, I would like to admit that I have not finished reading the article and don't know all the facts yet but I just have to say...how do you not know what the term "Uncle Tom" means?  Don't we learn that sometime around 5th grade history?

kennyX
kennyX topcommenter

But then on the other hand, I can see why Winkler was pissed. He, like other white guilt apologist Liberals cannot STAND it when a black, educated man (or woman) in a position of power makes a decision based on their convictions and morals, and especially when they are Conservative and go against the Liberal agenda (of which they are expected to abide by.......just because they are black (or any other minority for that matter). People like Clarence Thomas scare the hell out of white Liberal politicians because God forbid, African Americans may look up to him as a role model, and may abandon the Liberal philosophy that has been spoon-fed to them for the last 50 years. This group of Americans have seen first-hand what the Government-handout, Welfare state has done to their communities: More poverty, more crime, and most importantly, true "slavery". These people are slaves to the Liberal Government who give them "just enough" to survive, but do nothing to truly empower them to get OUT of poverty. Why? 

Simple.

Votes.

It is far easier to make promises (lies) to the poor and the vulnerable (see Obama campaign 2008/2012) to get votes than it is to truly empower people to become educated and/or get real world job skills to elevate them OUT of poverty. Why? Because Liberals know damn very well that if Government programs were set out for what they were meant to do, people would realize the value of hard work and more importantly, once their income goes up, their taxes are increased. Once this happens, the former Liberal voters would magically become Conservative. And the DFL will have NO PART of that.

Sad.

But Fucking True.   

kennyX
kennyX topcommenter

SO where is Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the ACLU, NAACP, Barry O., Rachel Maddow, et al?  Why are not they condemning this? Oh wait.........It's one of their own. So therefore no outrage, no race baiting, no threats..... If this had been a Republican politician, the Librocrites would be demanding a resignation. But of course, they will just CONVENIENTLY ignore this and hopes it goes away. After all, it was just a "gaffe". Only Liberal politicians are allowed to make gaffes. But when Michelle Bachmann makes one.................................................................................................. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Oh trendy libtards: it makes me smile not seeing the mass condemnation just because he is one of your own.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

If the shoe fits... and it most certainly does in this case...

MNpride
MNpride

He needs to go the way of Paula Deen.  At least her slur was over 30 years ago and it was not meant as a slur when said!  She called a bank robber who had a gun to her temple a "N-Word"!    Rep Winkler  needs to be EX-Rep Winkler and needs to stick to organizing his Gay Pride events and get out of politics!  He is surely a racist!

tracyeberly
tracyeberly

If he didn't know Uncle Tom was a slur, why put Uncle in front of Thomas? The guy is trying to back out of his intentionally racist statement. The DFL should tolerate such hatred in their ranks, but I bet they defend the guy.

weltanschauung
weltanschauung

I think Winkler's ignorance may be a good thing?
I mean, it is kind of good that he doesn't seem to understand how to use the slur. However, once someone explained it he should be embarrassed, ashamed and apologetic. Dismissive doesn't cut it for me.

rubie22
rubie22

@coredog07 "sided with his black bretheren"?  Is that how judges are supposed to determine their views now. It's very racist to believe that white people can have varied views on things, but blacks must have a herd mentality and all go along with whatever "blacks" are supposed to do.

kennyX
kennyX topcommenter

@monkeegroupies Yes. But a Liberal politician can get away with using that term. Just because.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kennyX Obama did Obamacare which gives healthcare to over 50 million poor people.  It's the single nicest thing the government has done for poor people since LBJ.  Obama also saved the US auto industry which saved millions of lower to middle class jobs.  You are an openly racist liar who makes fun of dead children because you are evil. You are a joke and stupid people like you are why Obama is a two term President.   No one listens to dumb bigots like you anymore.  

kennyX
kennyX topcommenter

@mingtran Imagine the massive uproar this would have caused by the Liberal media if Michelle Bachmann had said this. It would be the top story on MSNBC, NBC, CNN, Mother Jones, etc. 

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @kennyX  

Hey Phony Michele, do they have healthcare yet?  

No you say.

so you THINK they will?

Yeah, that is what I thought.

Dumb and gullible you be...

kennyX
kennyX topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann C'mon Shelly......tell us more lies about what Obama has "done" for us? 

kennyX
kennyX topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann All lies. Obamacare will "give" healthcare to about 2.5 million (provided they purchase it, which most won't). Obama didn't save the auto industry. Tax payers did. Lies. Lies. Lies. All lies. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kennyX @mingtran Just what the world needs two openly racist liars pretending to care about racism and civility.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Jimmy Johns' s called, they need you to cashier today.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kennyX Well I guess when he rises to power because liberals didn't bother to condemn his hate filled rant we will have only ourselves to blame.  Oh why didn't we listen to kenny we will cry.  Usually he just spouts insane racist gibberish but we should have listened to him on June 25th.  NOW WE MUST ALL BE LIBERAL RACISTS FOREVER.  Next time you type your racist stupidity I will be much more civil of your mentally ill ravings.  

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