Johnathan Perkins, the director for race and equity at the University of California, Los Angeles, yearned for the death of black Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a March 24 tweet. ABC News reports that in a tweet last Thursday, Perkins stated that “No one wants to openly admit [we all] hope Clarence Thomas dies.” “Thomas can choke as far as I’m concerned,” he added. “This whole rule we’re not to wish ill on people is silly,” he said. He ended by calling Thomas’ wife, whom he did not mention by name, “treasonous.”
The College Fix reports:
“Uncle Thomas is a sexist token who’s committed himself to making us all share in he and his treasonous wife’s misery,” Perkins (pictured) concluded his tweet.
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The Supreme Court said Friday that Justice Thomas had been released from the hospital after having been admitted a week earlier following flu-like symptoms, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“Uncle Thomas” refers to “Uncle Tom,” a derogatory term for a black figure thought to be “submissive and spineless,” according to Britannica.
Uncle Tom, a character in the 1852 antislavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” has been criticized by Malcolm X and others for his subservience to his white masters.
UCLA’s Perkins “is a public academic, higher education attorney, lecturer and podcast co-host of black&,” according to his personal website.
“His activism and academic work is rooted in antiracist allyship and the effects of individual and institutional bias.”
Anna Spain Bradley, vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA, said in a statement to Townhall.com: “This tweet does not reflect my or UCLA EDI’s views.”
UCLA’s management might not be willing to publicly admit sharing Perkins’ odious views, but that doesn’t mean its diversity staff doesn’t share them in private. People who work in diversity, equity, and inclusion are often politically extreme.
There is a huge ideological double standard in what college staff can say about judges and the Supreme Court. Conservative scholars have been suspended from academic positions for saying far less offensive things about liberal judges. For example, Georgetown University Law Center suspended a conservative lecturer for suggesting that an Indian-American judge was better qualified than President’s Biden’s liberal African-American nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.