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Michael Eric Dyson said Clarence Thomas’s recent Supreme Court decision was an act of betrayal to the African American community, akin to “a symbolic Jew [who] has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit Holocaust and genocide upon his own people.”

Michael Eric Dyson said Clarence Thomas’s recent Supreme Court decision was an act of betrayal to the African American community, akin to “a symbolic Jew [who] has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit Holocaust and genocide upon his own people.”

Michael Eric Dyson said Clarence Thomas’s recent Supreme Court decision was an act of betrayal to the African American community, akin to “a symbolic Jew [who] has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit Holocaust and genocide upon his own people.”

A Georgetown professor has generated controversy after likening Justice Clarence Thomas’s recent vote to overturn a central provision of the Voting Right Act of 1965 to a Holocaust-era moment of betrayal, according to an Israel National News report.

Michael Eric Dyson expressed outrage that Thomas, an African-American, had “betrayed” his people in the latest Court decision. Dyson compared Thomas to “a symbolic Jew [who] has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit Holocaust and genocide upon his own people,” the aforementioned report added.

The provision that the Court overturned this week had previously required jurisdictions with histories of discriminating in elections to acquire federal sanction before altering any voting laws, Israel National News further reported.

Some thought Dyson’s analogy was excessive.

“While one has a right to agree or disagree with Supreme Court decisions, we are shocked that anyone would draw such an outrageous comparison between a ruling rendered by justices working within the bounds of our constitutional democracy, and the murderous deeds of the Nazis during the Holocaust,” said lawyer and activist Abraham Foxman, according to the aforementioned report.

“As we have said repeatedly, there is no place for comparisons between social or political issues in the 21st century and the genocidal actions of Hitler and the Nazis, whose crimes against humanity and role in the deaths of six million Jews and millions of others were unique in history and should be respected as such. It is particularly painful when Mr. Dyson references the pernicious notion of a Jew who turns on his own people,” Foxman reportedly further added.

“Inappropriate comparisons and references to Jews or Hitler in the context of a debate over American political issues only serve to trivialize history and are an insult to the memory of those who fought and died during World War II. We hope that Mr. Dyson will reconsider his words,” Foxman concluded, according to Israel National News.

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