Whoopi Jokes at Tony Awards That Clarence Thomas Isn't Black

June 16th, 2008 6:56 AM

Via Allahpundit at Hot Air, we learned that Whoopi Goldberg delighted the Manhattan liberal theatre crowd with a little Clarence Thomas-bashing while hosting the Tony Awards last night on CBS. Typically, she suggested that Justice Thomas wasn't really a black man. She introduced actor Laurence Fishburne this way:

And here’s a man who found out just how fantastic it is also when he picked up a Tony in Two Trains Running, currently on Broadway as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice – actually the only African-American Supreme -- no, that’s not true. [Laughter and applause] I forgot! I forgot!

Allahpundit also links to an AP story on how black conservatives like Armstrong Williams and J.C. Watts are thinking really hard about voting for Obama. Saying some kind words about the Democrat might be well-mannered, but Watts goes way beyond that to trash Republican efforts at black outreach:

J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman who once was part of the GOP House leadership, said he's thinking of voting for Obama. Watts said he's still a Republican, but he criticizes his party for neglecting the black community. Black Republicans, he said, have to concede that while they might not agree with Democrats on issues, at least that party reaches out to them.

"And Obama highlights that even more," Watts said, adding that he expects Obama to take on issues such as poverty and urban policy. "Republicans often seem indifferent to those things."

What kind of ungrateful jerk is J.C. Watts? He was singled out for leadership positions in the House (obviously beyond his seniority) and given a great spotlight when he was in Congress. The Republicans ran African-Americans for statewide office in Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and Maryland in 2006, and then-RNC chairman Ken Mehlman put effort into black outreach. To aid liberal media outlets in suggesting the Republicans are indifferent to blacks -- that's just bitterness on steroids.

It should go without saying that any black "conservative" who votes for Obama is abandoning conservatism in favor of skin color.