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All too predictable

by Ray Carter Published: June 27, 2013

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the Voting Rights Act requiring certain states to gain federal pre-authorization for election-law changes because of racism that occurred a half-century ago, it was predictable that some on the political left would express disappointment.

It was predictable that some would suggest the decision would abet racial discrimination. Sadly, it was even predictable that some would resort to racist acts themselves in the process.

Ryan Winkler, a white Democratic state lawmaker from Minnesota, took to Twitter to call Justice Clarence Thomas “Uncle Thomas” for joining the majority in that decision. Winkler later claimed he didn’t know “Uncle Tom” was a racist epithet.

Winkler said he regretted that his “comments have distracted from the serious dialogue we must have going forward to ensure racial discrimination has no place in our election system.” Here’s one way to achieve that goal: Don’t use racial insults.


by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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