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Man charged for racist death threats against Clarence Thomas, other black celebrities

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By Michelle Malkin  •  April 10, 2008 10:35 AM

A disgusting piece of trash, David Tuason of Ohio, was indicted by the Justice Department for making 200 racist, violent death threats over the last 20 years against Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas and other famous black celebrities who are married to non-black women:

An Ohio man has been indicted on charges that he threatened to blow up the U.S. Supreme Court and attack black men, including a justice on the court, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Cleveland on Wednesday.

David Tuason, 46, targeted black men known to affiliate with white women, well-known white women who had relationships with black men, and children of mixed-race parents, federal authorities said. Tuason sent approximately 200 threats, by mail and e-mail, over the course of 20 years, said acting U.S. Attorney William J. Edwards…

…According to the indictment, Tuason sent a letter to the Supreme Court building in July 2003 in which he threatened to blow it up. The letter was addressed to an associate justice of the court referred to as “CT.”

Tuason claimed “CT” would be “castrated, shot or set on fire…I want him killed.” The letter contained several racially charged remarks. The indictment says letters were also sent to several other Ohio sites, including the Kent State University women’s basketball team other high schools.

The earliest letter was sent to a high school track team in Mentor in May 2003, according to the document. The most recent threat, to a high school football team in Strongsville, was mailed March 3, according to the indictment. Edwards said the statute of limitations prevents authorities from prosecuting cases that go back further than five years. Investigators said Tuason also sent threatening e-mails to office personnel at Jordache Enterprises. The threats he’s accused of are mostly alike, promising physical violence against black men associated with white women.

USAToday has the indictment. The threats include vows to “stab,” “bomb,” “castrate,” and “kill” black men with white wives. “Mulatto kids are ugly freaks that should be destroyed,” Tuason further inveighed.

If you wonder how such views can be countenanced in the public square, look no further than the likes of Democrat Rep. Diane Watson, who expressed similar opposition to Ward Connerly’s marriage to a white woman–and suffered no political consequences for voicing such bigotry. She’s now a Hillary Clinton advisor.

Bottom line: This hatred has no place in American life. Period.

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Flashback, September 10, 1991, WaPo:

Who’s afraid of Virginia Thomas? She’s a soft-spoken, hard-working daughter of the heartland. A brainy Omaha lawyer who has scaled the sheetrock of professional Washington. A churchgoer who invites homeless people out to lunch. A good friend. A good family. Why the fuss over Mrs. Supreme Court Nominee?

Her critics see her as more than just the supportive spouse who’ll accompany her husband, Clarence, today as he begins Senate confirmation hearings. They see a woman with strong opinions on issues that are bound to come before the court. They find in her further grounds for opposing him.

Some women’s rights activists are upset by her lobbying against such issues as comparable-worth legislation and the Family Leave Act. Some religious rights groups are troubled by her anti-cult activities in light of her involvement with Lifespring, a controversial motivational group.

Even the color of her skin is being used to determine the content of Clarence Thomas’s character. The fact that she is white has drawn criticism from some blacks who see the marriage as evidence that Clarence Thomas has rejected his roots…

“If he is influenced by his wife, a white conservative who lobbied against comparable pay for women, he will be anti-women’s issues,” wrote USA Today columnist Barbara Reynolds in a July 5 piece. Reynolds, who is black, also is concerned by Thomas’s choice of a white wife.

“It may sound bigoted; well, this is a bigoted world and why can’t black people be allowed a little Archie Bunker mentality?” Reynolds said later. “Here’s a man who’s going to decide crucial issues for the country and he has already said no to blacks; he has already said if he can’t paint himself white he’ll think white and marry a white woman.”

Clarence Thomas advocates a colorblind society, and his marriage may well be an example of that philosophy. But others see a different symbolism.

“His marrying a white woman is a sign of his rejection of the black community,” said Russell Adams, chairman of Howard University’s department of Afro-American studies. “Great justices have had community roots that served as a basis for understanding the Constitution. Clarence’s lack of a sense of community makes his nomination troubling.”

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