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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

While you muscle your fair share of disenfranchised immigrants, all the major controlling villains are as white as the polar bear bukkake shoot. There's even a chapter where you take on a militia of redneck assholes with the second amendment firmly wrapped around their shriveled, vestigial cocks—which strikes me as terribly ungrateful to the demographic who were keeping the modern warfare shooter afloat up to now! Meanwhile, the main character is Cuban, (I think; I picked up subtle hints to that effect after they brought it up seven million times) and by the end of the game, he's assembled a little Scooby gang of allies so perfectly ethnically diverse that they could all line up in order and start a novelty act called 'The Amazing Human Gradient'.

"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?

"I'm the only one here who's not white!"

When I was thrown out of college I got a job on Madison Avenue in New York. A real dyed-in-the-wool advertising agency on Madison Avenue wanted a man to come in and they'd pay him ninety-five dollars a week to sit in their office and look Jewish. They wanted to prove to the outside world that they would hire minority groups, y'know. So I was the one they hired. I was the show Jew at the agency. I tried to look Jewish desperately. Used to read my memos from right to left all the time. They fired me finally, 'cause I took off too many Jewish holidays.

"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 don’t want to dig too deep into motivations, but it is a little sad that a movie capitalizing on Cuba’s success sees him not as the hero of the movie, but the wisecracking shrill comic relief.
Miles Antwiler' on Chill Factor (1999)

"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. It’s 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 '… is now seven years older.'"
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Voyager, "Caretaker"

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.

...According to the rules of American ads where schoolchildren are pictured in a subtle ratio of races, with one—only one, but as cute as they make them—chocolate-colored round-eyed lad, almost in the very middle of the front row.
Humbert Humbert, Lolita


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