That’s Minnesota State Representative Ryan Winkler, “apologizing” for referring to Justice Clarence Thomas as “Uncle Thomas” after yesterday’s Voting Rights Act ruling.
On his Twitter account Tuesday, state Rep. Ryan Winkler called the justices’ 5-4 ruling striking down a part of the law racist, and the work of “four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas” ….
That tweet was quickly deleted, and Mr. Winkler, who is white and represents some upper middle class suburbs west-southwest of Minneapolis, offered a conditional-tense quasi-apology in subsequent tweets.
He said he “didn’t think it was offensive to suggest that Justice Thomas should be even more concerned about racial discrimination than colleagues. But if such a suggestion is offensive, I apologize.”
So … if you’re playing along at home, that’s a politician who was outraged by a Supreme Court ruling on the topic of racism pouring some of his own special brand of racist gasoline onto yesterday’s raging bonfire of racism.
And then the terrible, terrible apology was:
With regard to A) above (and to the quote with which this blog post began), Rep. Winkler’s Wikipedia page was recently updated to include this line: “Such a claim could raise questions about the veracity of his claim to have a BA in History from Harvard University.”
Seriously, though, will no one save these people from themselves and prohibit them from posting their thoughts on the internet?
HT: Ryan McIntosh.
(Cross-posted on my blog)
Mitt Romney, apologizing for leading his prep school classmates in an assault on a student they thought was gay. Did we say “apologizing”? Maybe that’s not the right word.
From Mother Jones.
George Zimmerman unexpectedly apologized to Trayvon Martin’s family in court today.
Almost certainly, Zimmerman is being honest in what he said to the family of his victim. it would be difficult not to feel sorry for shooting and killing someone, and not solely because of the terrible consequences for Zimmerman himself. But that doesn’t mitigate how badly the apology was done. A good apology would be the first sentence. “I wanted to say I am very sorry for the loss of your son.” Full stop.
Moving forward, attempting to explain why he shot Martin, does no one any good. It doesn’t help the family and it doesn’t help Zimmerman. Nor does it actually explain the shooting. Leaving aside the jurisprudential issues (as Zimmerman’s defense likely hinges, at least in part, on whether or not he had reason to believe that Martin was armed), would Zimmerman feel less sorry if Martin had been older? Would the family’s loss be lessened if Martin had been closer in age to Zimmerman? Certainly not.
It is almost always the case that less is more when it comes to making an apology.