Samuel Jackson Slams Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

June 26, 2022

By: Matthew Burkhead

Actor Samuel Jackson slams Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as “Uncle Clarence” for risking the legal right to interracial marriage with the court’s decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Lawmakers and scholars both fear that the same rationale the conservative court made to reverse the 1973 decision on abortion rights could now be used to undo years of progress from same-sex marriage, contraception, and interracial marriage, which was protected in the 1967 Loving v. Virginia ruling.

In a Tweet on Friday night, Jackson bashed Thomas as “Uncle Clarence,” referring to the extremely servile Black character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s pre-Civil War novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

The Roe decision said that the legal reason for the constitutional protection for abortion were weakly based on arguments that have supported other Supreme Court cases guaranteeing various rights, including the right to contraception and same-sex and interracial marriage.

In a solo concurring opinion Friday, Thomas told the court that it should “correct the error” by withdrawing granted rights now protected under the “substantive due process clause” of the 14th Amendment.

The only two Thomas mentioned specifically were only the rights to same-sex marriage and contraception. He avoided the Loving case, which, if overturned as Roe was, could threaten his own marriage to Ginni Thomas.

Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff behind the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage, said Friday that Thomas omitted Loving v. Virginia on his list of top court decisions to “reconsider” because it “affects him personally.”

That “affects him personally, but he doesn’t care about the LGBTQ+ community,” Obergefell said.

Some followers of Thomas called Jackson’s tweet a “racist” attack on the Court Justice. However, the actor’s Twitter followers mostly applauded the dig—and the issue.