Quotes: Token Minority
On February 22, 2006, he spoke from the bench. He didn't say a word from there to any lawyer until 2013, when he responded to Justice Scalia's comment about a lawyer attending Yale Law school, he said, "Well, he did not." Although some say he purposely said that, others think he was really making a side joke to Antonin Scalia. Whatever it is, Clarence has not asked a question from the bench in court. For over twenty years he has done nothing but stare at the ceiling. It is a nice ceiling. So, in fifty years, when your grandchildren ask you, "Did Clarence Thomas do a good job at his job?" you answer "Well, he did not."
—Rational Wiki on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
"Sure, why not? I am the token black guy. I'm just supposed to smile and stay out of the conversation and say things like: 'Damn,' 'Shit,' and 'That is wack.'"
— Malik, Not Another Teen Movie
"True dat ya'll indeed, inevitable black gang member!"
— Yamagata, The American Akira
"You people are disgusting! You don't care about real diversity. This is nothing but...but tokenism!"
— Black Panthernote , Wha...Huh?
"Chill Factor is another example of [Cuba] Gooding being cast in the role of token black sidekick. You know, the gratingly annoying kind of sidekick complete with stock phrases like 'Aw hell nah!' and almost racially offensive overtones. I donít want to dig too deep into motivations, but it is a little sad that a movie capitalizing on Cubaís success sees him not as the hero of the movie, but the wisecracking shrill comic relief.
"On the surface of it, Voyager has a very diverse cast. The captain is a woman; the first officer is a Native American; the operations officer is Asian. Even the aliens are diverse. Tuvok is a Vulcan played by an African American; Torres is half-Klingon, but her human half is latina. It feels like it continues the trend set by Deep Space Nine of featuring a diverse ensemble, with a particular emphasis on the female captain. So, by rights, Caretaker should feel like a celebration of diversity, right? Unfortunately, not. Despite the fact that the show has a wonderful diverse central cast, Caretaker is very clearly built around the one white male American character in the group...His middle name is even 'Eugene', in a nod to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Itís worth noting that Tom Paris would be one of the handful of Voyager characters to actually get a character arc spanning the series, and whose character development by Endgame involves a bit more than the sentence 'Ö is now seven years older.'"
Travis is the black character of which each Star Trek series need at least one. He is a boomer, which is future-slang for a person who lives on an Earth cargo-ship...Since Enterprise was going to be travelling to areas of space where cargo-ships had been before, Travis was assigned as the ship's helmsman because he knew his way around. You'd think that this would make him an important cast member, and that he would have frequent meetings with Captain Archer in order to advise him about the various aliens they meet on their trek. Well that just doesn't happen. Travis is the most under-used main character in Star Trek, and he's lucky if he gets three lines per episode. This complete lack of presence has made him legendary among the fans. It's ironic that Morn, the bar-fly from DS9 who (purposely) never spoke a word, has better character development than Travis.