A Georgia State Senator called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the second black man to serve on the high court, an “Uncle Tom” for being a conservative.
The Georgia State Senate held a vote Tuesday to decide whether or not a statue of Thomas should be erected on the grounds of the state’s Capitol, as Georgia is his home state.
During the debate before the vote, State Sen. Emmanuel Jones (D) called Thomas the racial slur, which is designed to describe back people who betray the black community.
“In the black community, we have an expression, and I don’t want to use this label too deeply here because I’m just trying to tell you what we have in African American communities when we talk about a person of color that goes back historically to days of slavery and that person betraying his own community. We have a term in the black community. That term that we use is called ‘Uncle Tom,’” Jones said on the floor of the chamber.
The term originates from the book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” a fictional story that took place during the Civil War era.
Jones unashamedly told his fellow lawmakers that he did not even know how the term originated.
“An Uncle Tom is either a fictional or a non-fictional character, I don’t know the origin of Uncle Tom, but it talks about a person who, back during the days of slavery, sold his soul to the slave masters. That is the story of an Uncle Tom,” Jones said.
Per a Breitbart report, the measure passed, and the statue will be constructed.