Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke to a group of college students at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday. Interestingly, he told them that he thinks we are more sensitive about race and gender in 2014 than we were in the 1960s. I wonder what all of those little college hippies thought about that!
Clarence Thomas is the second ever black Supreme Court Justice, and he just so happens to be Conservative. He grew up in Georgia during segregation and the civil rights movement, however, he says that the absolute worst injustices ever said or done to him were by “northern liberal elites”.
“My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out. That’s a part of the deal.”
Brilliant! At this point, we have over-compensated in such a huge way for the racial injustices of the past that it has actually been detrimental to us as a society. In efforts to combat that over-compensation, Thomas has penned opinions to rein in affirmative action laws. He has also worked to overhaul a section of the Civil Rights Act that requires states with a past history of discrimination to seek approval from the federal government before changing their voting laws. There is absolutely no reason that in 2014 any state should need such approval from the government. First of all, there is no such thing as a state that doesn’t have a past history of discrimination. Secondly, is anybody really worried that we might regress to the point where we are no longer allowing black people or women to vote? Give me a break!
Clarence Thomas attended Yale University and wrote the 2007 memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son”. I might just have to go out and get myself a copy!
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