Why Samuel L Jackson called Clarence Thomas 'Uncle Clarence' over Roe v Wade
- Samuel L. Jackson launched a racial jab at US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
- It was over the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade
- Jackson referred to the conservative justice as 'Uncle Clarence'
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Jackson referred to the conservative justice, who authored a unanimous decision in the landmark abortion decision, as "Uncle Clarence," after the obedient slave in Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
“How’s Uncle Clarence feeling about overturning Loving v. Virginia,” the actor wrote in a tweet.
The famous "Loving" decision in 1967 ruled that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional. Thomas is married to a white woman and is the only black justice on the court.
In his signing statement, the 74-year-old judge urged his colleagues to "reconsider" and perhaps overturn other verdicts based on the legal idea of "substantive due process," such as rulings protecting gay marriage and access to birth control.
The concept of substantive due process relates to the idea that people have fundamental rights that are not explicitly stated in the Constitution.
“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” Thomas penned.
The justice was alluding to Griswold v. Connecticut, a 1965 decision that enables married couples to use birth control. He also cites Lawrence v. Texas, a 2003 judgement that prohibits states from prohibiting consensual gay sex, and Obergefell v. Hodges, a 2015 decision that affirmed a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
“Today is a really dark day for women in the US,” she stated. “I’m just gonna say that because I can’t bear to think about it any longer in this moment.”
Her song "Your Power" was then dedicated to the cause.
“So many women and so many girls are going to die because of this,” Rodrigo, 19, declared. “I’m devastated and terrified.”
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The Supreme Court's decision last week to reverse a 49-year-old decision that safeguarded abortion rights provoked widespread protests around the country.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade leaves abortion up to the states but eliminates federal safeguards that now enable some legislatures to prohibit it.