Less than 24 hours after defending his remarks that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a “clown in blackface” for his remarks about dignity, slavery and incarceration camps, George Takei has offered an apology.
“I owe an apology,” the actor and activist wrote on his Facebook page. “I am reminded, especially on this July 4th holiday, that though we have the freedom to speak our minds, we must use that freedom judiciously. Each of us, as humans, have hot-button topics that can set-us off, and Justice Thomas had hit mine, that is clear. But my choice of words was regrettable, not because I do not believe Justice Thomas is deeply wrong, but because they were ad hominem and uncivil, and for that I am sorry.”
I owe an apology. On the eve of this Independence Day, I have a renewed sense of what this country stands for, and how I…
Posted by George Takei on Friday, July 3, 2015
Takei made his remarks during an interview with the local Fox affiliate in Phoenix. He was responding to Thomas’ opinion in his dissent of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage.
In it Thomas wrote ““Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them.”
What do you think? Did Takei do the right thing by apologizing?