Minnesota State Rep. Ryan Winkler (D) is facing heat for using a racially-charged term on Twitter in reaction to Tuesday's Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Winkler deleted a tweet referring to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as "Uncle Thomas." Thomas was one of five justices to rule that a formula within the Voting Rights Act designating federal oversight on state and county voting laws was invalid.
Screenshots of the apparent update in question circulated on the social media outlet.
— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) June 25, 2013
Winkler admitted to deleting the message, issuing an apology on Twitter, while attempting to clarify his thoughts on the matter. Part of that latter piece included a claim that he "did not understand 'Uncle Tom' as a racist term."
I didn't think it was offensive to suggest that Justice Thomas should be even more concerned about racial discrimination than colleagues.
But if such a suggestion is offensive, I apologize.
Deleted Tweet causing offense regarding Justice Thomas. I apologize for it, but believe VRA decision does abet racism.
@atrupar I did not understand "Uncle Tom" as a racist term, and there seems to be some debate about it. I do apologize for it, however.