George Takei originally defended his comment that Clarence Thomas was a “clown in blackface” by also saying that Thomas “abdicated his African American heritage.”
Takei’s followed that up with what could be seen as a statement of regret. What that regret is specifically about remains unclear:
Takei’s full statement is here.
Is that enough?
Of course, Takei has his defenders.
There are many who still don’t understand what Thomas was saying in his dissent and obviously don’t care to learn.