Actor and activist George Takei responded with indignity to arguments by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that “human dignity cannot be taken away” by the government and that those Japanese Americans held in incarceration camps did not lose their dignity.
In his piece on MSNBC.com, Takei recalled in vivid detail his experience of being ripped from his home at age 5 along with his parents and seeing his mother cry as armed soldiers ordered his family to Santa Anita racetrack. Takei wrote:
“To say that the government does not bestow or grant dignity does not mean it cannot succeed in stripping it away through the imposition of unequal laws and deprivation of due process. At the very least, the government must treat all its subjects with equal human dignity. To deny a group the rights and privileges of others, based solely on an immutable characteristic such as race – or as in Obergefell, sexual orientation – is to strip them of human dignity and of the liberty to live as others live.”
You can read his entire response and the irony he found in Thomas’ opposition to same sex marriage on MSNBC.com.