Many pundits have talked about whether the comment by minority leader Harry Reid concerning that Justice Clarence Thomas was an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. Paul at Southern Appeal argues that it isn’t racism and that it reflects the belief that Thomas is some intellectual dullard. Now it is quite true that liberals often frame conservatives of necessarily being dumb, yet Harry Reid also went on to praise Justice Scalia as "one smart guy."
I myself think that Reid’s comment were a form of racism. Not the type of racism that sees blacks as inferior, but the type that sees blacks as being tied to a political party. Many liberals seem to feel that being black automatically means that you have to support all the ideas of the modern Democratic Party. That they see blacks as a fully owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party. Now every proponent of a political party believes their side to be correct and that all people should hold to their correct position. So why do they reserve so much anger for blacks who do not hold to their view? Partially I believe this is because they have come to believe the ahistorical idea that the Democrats have always been the party of civil rights. So for a black to disagree with their positions shows a disregard for the thanks they feel they deserve. This to me is almost a slave owner’s idea of possession and that his slaves should be thankful for what they have. That blacks should fully belong to the Democratic party and when they stray of the plantation often the most hateful rhetoric is use to show their displeasure at what they have done.This I think would explain why statements and editorial cartoons will portray the most racist stereotypes. I think it is rather ironic that they will use the term Uncle Tom’s to describe black conservatives since they are actually upset that these blacks aren’t being obedient to their commands.