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Lynching Clarence Thomas: From ‘Clever Hyperbole’ to Credible Threat (Caught on Video)

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Posted on February 3 2011 3:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."

Writing recently for USAToday, Harvard Law professor David B. Wilkins looked back at a disturbing, depressing event in recent American history:

During his confirmation hearings for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991, Clarence Thomas famously described the news media’s treatment of the allegations that he had sexually harassed a young female co-worker during his tenure as head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a “high-tech lynching.”

In Thomas’ case, the claim was little more than clever hyperbole.

Wilkins’ snide characterization of Thomas’ metaphor is fairly commonplace on the Left. You see, progressives turn antsy when conservatives “steal” two of their favorite weapons: civil disobedience and metaphors. Pro-abortion activists still resent Operation Rescue for adopting passive resistance and street theater, and leftists hamfistedly mock anyone to their right who speaks and writes using figures of speech.

And of course, they really hate it when African-Americans escape from the progressive plantation. How uppity!

Fast forward twenty years:

At a ‘progressive’ rally in Palm Springs [on January 30, 2011], [white] demonstrators called for Clarence Thomas to be hanged, stringed up, tortured, sent back to the fields, and so on.

The “Uncloaking the Kochs” rally was sponsored by Common Cause, AFFCE, The Ruckus Society, 350, Greenpeace, Code Pink, the Progressive Democrats of America, and others. The event was staged outside venue of Koch Brothers conference.

But hey, give that one lady on the video credit: at least she apologized for swearing!

I can find no evidence that “hate crime,” “hate speech” or civil rights charges were laid related to this incident.

Oddly enough!

Someone should send this tape to the Palm Springs District Attorney or equivalent and ask what s/he makes of it.

Or maybe this is a job for the FBI…

PS: According to their website at least, the Palm Springs Police Department takes “hate crimes” very seriously. They define a hate crime as:

…any unlawful action designed to frighten or harm an individual or group which is motivated because of race, religion, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability of the victim.

The Palm Springs Police Department urges citizens to “report the incident immediately to the police.”

So there you have it…

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