CNNers Rip into Clarence Thomas’ Politically Incorrect Childhood Memories

A panel on CNN’s At This Hour on Tuesday tore into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ politically incorrect recollection of his youth. Thomas courted controversy on Tuesday when he said that the issue of race “rarely” came up while he was a child in Georgia in the 1960s. However, the justice recalled, it often did in the supposedly liberal Northeast. “The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites,” Thomas said. “The absolute worst I have ever been treated.”

The guests on CNN on Wednesday excoriated Thomas for his lack of racial consciousness, and particularly his lament that the country is more conscious of racial difference than it was, in his opinion, 50 years ago.

“What’s so remarkable about this statement that it neglects the fact that in the mid-60s, when he was a kid, you could get killed if you were a black person for speaking about race,” CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin asserted.

Columbia University associate professor Marc Lamont Hill took the like-thinking Struggle Session a step further when he asserted that, not only is Thomas racially conscious, but he has actively made life more difficult for fellow African-Americans.

“He’s had a long history of walking through doors and closing them behind him,” Hill said. “He acknowledges no part that affirmative action played in his life but he wants to close the door for others.”

Hill took issue with Thomas’ desire to eliminate race as a social issue, preferring instead to work toward a merit-based society in which racial concerns play no part. He said it was disturbing, particularly for a powerful justice like Thomas, to “make decisions on color blindness.”

“It shouldn’t be to be post-racial but post racist,” he concluded.

Let’s compare their bios:

First, Clarence Thomas:

Clarence Thomas was born in 1948 in Pin Point, Georgia, a small, predominantly black community near Savannah founded by freedmen after the American Civil War. When he was a child, the town lacked a sewage system and paved roads. He was the second of three children born to M.C. Thomas, a farm worker, and Leola Williams, a domestic worker. They were descendants of American slaves, and the family spoke Gullah as a first language. Thomas’s earliest-known ancestors were slaves named Sandy and Peggy who were born around the end of the 18th century and owned by wealthy Liberty County, Georgia planter Josiah Wilson. M.C. Thomas left his family when Thomas was two years old. Thomas’s mother worked hard but was sometimes paid only pennies per day. She had difficulty putting food on the table and was forced to rely on charity. After a house fire left them homeless, Thomas and his younger brother Myers were taken to live with his mother’s parents in Savannah, Georgia. Thomas was seven when the family moved in with his maternal grandfather, Myers Anderson, and Anderson’s wife, Christine (née Hargrove), in Savannah.

Living with his grandparents, Thomas enjoyed amenities such as indoor plumbing and regular meals for the first time in his life. His grandfather Myers Anderson had little formal education, but had built a thriving fuel oil business that also sold ice. Thomas calls his grandfather “the greatest man I have ever known.” When Thomas was 10, Anderson started taking the family to help at a farm every day from sunrise to sunset. His grandfather believed in hard work and self-reliance; he would counsel Thomas to “never let the sun catch you in bed.” Thomas’s grandfather also impressed upon his grandsons the importance of getting a good education.

Thomas was the only black person at his high school in Savannah, where he was an honor student. He was raised Roman Catholic. He considered entering the priesthood at the age of 16, and became the first black student to attend St. John Vianney’s Minor Seminary (Savannah) on the Isle of Hope. He also briefly attended Conception Seminary College, a Roman Catholic seminary in Missouri. No one in Thomas’s family had attended college. Thomas has said that during his first year in seminary, he was one of only “three or four” blacks attending the school. Thomas told interviewers that he left the seminary in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He had overheard another student say after the shooting, “Good, I hope the son of a bitch died.” He did not think the church did enough to combat racism.

At a nun’s suggestion, Thomas attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. While there, Thomas helped found the Black Student Union. Once he walked out after an incident in which black students were punished while white students went undisciplined for committing the same violation, and some of the priests negotiated with the protesting black students to re-enter the school.

Having spoken the Gullah language as a child, Thomas realized in college that he still sounded unpolished despite having been drilled in grammar at school, and he chose to major in English literature “to conquer the language”. At Holy Cross, he was also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and the Purple Key Society. Thomas graduated from Holy Cross in 1971 with an A.B. cum laude in English literature.

Thomas had a series of deferments from the military draft while in college at Holy Cross. Upon graduation, he was classified as 1-A and received a low lottery number, indicating he might be drafted to serve in Vietnam. Thomas failed his medical exam, due to curvature of the spine, and was not drafted. Thomas entered Yale Law School, from which he received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1974, graduating towards the middle of his class.

Thomas has recollected that his Yale law degree was not taken seriously by law firms to which he applied after graduating. He said that potential employers assumed he obtained it because of affirmative action policies. According to Thomas, he was “asked pointed questions, unsubtly suggesting that they doubted I was as smart as my grades indicated.”

I peeled a fifteen-cent sticker off a package of cigars and stuck it on the frame of my law degree to remind myself of the mistake I’d made by going to Yale. I never did change my mind about its value.

Marc Lamont Hill:

Marc Lamont Hill (born December 17, 1978) is an American academic, journalist, author, activist, and television personality. He currently serves as an Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Hill is also an affiliated faculty member in African American Studies at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. He hosts the nationally syndicated television show Our World with Black Enterprise and online HuffPost Live. He is also a BET News correspondent and a CNN political commentator.

From what I can see, one of those men lived it and the other read about it.

I guess my problem is that I suffer from colorblindness. It’s probably because of my white privilege. I just don’t see racism everywhere like I’m supposed to.

A few years ago the Oakland Raiders had the first pick in the NFL draft. They used that pick to select a quarterback from LSU who was 6 ft 6 in tall and who weighed 265 lbs. (That is HUGE for a QB – he was almost big enough to play lineman.) He 21–4 as a starter and was named MVP of the 2007 Sugar Bowl.

His name was JaMarcus Russell, and he was black. He wasn’t the first black QB in the NFL – he wasn’t even the first black QB to play for the Raiders.

I was excited, but not because he was black. I was excited because the Raiders were badly in need of a starting QB and Russell was supposed to be a great one. When the Raiders cut Russell in 2010 I was happy, because Russell turned out to be the biggest bust in NFL history.

But not because he was black.

Supposedly my opposition to Barack Obama is based on the color of his skin. But when I think about Barack Obama I really don’t think about his race unless somebody else mentions it. I think about his politics, his competence, and the content of his character.

I wish everyone was colorblind like me.

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107 Responses to Colorblindness

  1. driguana says:

    everybody is colored
    everybody’s got tone
    everybody’s got a mother
    and a bag of white bones

    everybody is colored
    everybody’s got hue
    no matter if it’s me
    no matter if it’s you
    everybody’s got a mother
    and a bag of white bones

  2. The Klown says:

    According to the race-baiters, being colorblind is racist.

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    • 49erDweet says:

      I’m trying to be kind, but isn’t it probably a good thing her field of study wasn’t health, science or education? An OWS mindset is a terrible thing to afflict on the unsuspecting public.

  5. The Klown says:
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  7. DeniseVB says:

    So, CNN’s tribute to Black History month is tearing down a truly historic black American? Oh wait, because Republican? Yeah.

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  10. votermom says:

    Wow. Plushenko does a warm-up triple and pulls his back literally minutes after his name is called. Withdraws from mens individual, which means Russia is not competing. Shocking & sad.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile, how about those Evil Koch Brothers who are destroying ‘Merika ?


    Here is the list of unions that top the Koch Brothers in political donations.
    Via Open Secrets:

    2.) American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $60,667,379
    4.) National Education Assn $53,594,488
    7.) Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $44,478,789
    8.) United Auto Workers $41,667,858
    9.) Carpenters & Joiners Union $39,260,371
    10.) Service Employees International Union $38,395,690
    11.) Laborers Union $37,494,010
    12.) American Federation of Teachers $36,713,325
    13.) Communications Workers of America $36,188,135
    14.) Teamsters Union $36,123,209
    16.) United Food & Commercial Workers Union $33,756,550
    20.) Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union $31,313,097
    23.) AFL-CIO $30,938,977
    32.) National Assn of Letter Carriers $26,106,359
    39.) Plumbers & Pipefitters Union $23,886,248
    42.) Operating Engineers Union $23,036,848
    43.) International Assn of Fire Fighters $22,963,260
    46.) Sheet Metal Workers Union $22,372,978
    59.) Koch Industries $18,083,948

  12. The Klown says:

    I like this Ted guy:

    The leaders had wanted to allow the toxic measure to pass with just 51 votes so all 45 Republicans could vote against it. But Cruz, the Texas tea party freshman, demanded approval by a 60-vote threshold.

    So McConnell and Cornyn tried to persuade more than five Republicans in safe seats to support the effort, but they were met with stiff resistance. No Republican wanted to be vote No. 60 to advance a bill to raise the debt ceiling without spending cuts, forcing the GOP leaders to secure a comfortable margin of victory or risk being blamed for a historic debt default.

    • 49erDweet says:

      “In spite of his death a couple of decades before I was born, I intend to continue beating this dead horse until he somehow struggles to his feet and resumes running”.

  13. The Klown says:

    HOORAY for Ted!

    House Republicans Say Cruz Killed Immigration Reform
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “may have scuttled a compromise on immigration reform with just one sound bite,” the San Antonio Express-News reports.

    “House Republicans who supported ‘principles’ of immigration reform floated by Speaker John Boehner late last month grumbled Tuesday that the plan was dead on arrival because Cruz blasted it as ‘amnesty,’ spurring a blizzard of negative phone calls to House Republicans.”

    Said one GOP lawmaker: “After that it was ‘We’ll get back to you on immigration reform'”

    • DeniseVB says:

      So that’s why the WH twit accounts are now sending the kids to the financial sites, lol, gonna shake those pajama boys and girls down for their burger flipping money one way or the other 😀

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  15. Constance says:

    North eastern liberal elitists are the most sexist people on the planet also. When we started getting Howard Stern and the NY/DC “national news” channels out here in the pacific northwest we were shocked and disgusted at the non stop sexism and how deep it went. If any sexist shows like that originated in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana the station would be blown up.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    So glad Obama’s going to have a relaxing weekend, just surprised to read about it in the NYT 🙂

    Still no word where MO and the girls are headed.

  17. helenk3 says:

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

    with all that is going on in today’s government I keep thinking of this poem

  18. helenk3 says:

    the hate crimes no body talks about the knock out games spreading across the country

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  20. DeniseVB says:

    I love this guy …..

  21. wmcb says:

    “The arc of history is long, but it bends toward Zombie Apocalypse.” I want a teeshirt with this on it, so bad.

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  23. votermom says:

    So annoying – we lost cable & internet for a couple of hours so I missed the higher ranked men skaters. Grrr.

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  25. wmcb says:

    I took one of those online personality tests. Turns out I’m low on narcissism, almost non-existent on sociopathy, but around the 50th percentile on Machiavellianism.

    So, I am somewhat Byzantine and manipulative, but not for selfish or unfeeling ends. 😀 😀

    • votermom says:

      Power behind the throne type, eh?

      • wmcb says:

        Probably. More prone to influence than leadership. I frankly think more women will fall into this category than men, anyway. Not because we cannot lead. Many can. But because we are so damn good at influence that more power and voice, in reality, is often to be gained there than in leading the parade.

        Southern women in particular have tended to understand this. You don’t have to fit the male paradigm to have power. Often that’s where you have the least. My biggest beef with feminism is how they have disempowered women in so many ways by insisting that male power is the only sort to be sought.

        • elliesmom says:

          My ancient Latin teacher used to say, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” Which I always thought was funny because she was unmarried with no children but definitely acted like she ruled the world all by herself. (I still have nightmares about forgetting my Latin declensions in her class.)

          • wmcb says:

            Yep. I have no problem with women who want to do so exercising other forms of power. But I am damn sick of the underlying assumption that what have been our traditional power-ways are really no power at all. Bullshit.

  26. The Klown says:

    Jonathan Turley: Liberals’ Defense of Obama’s Unconstitutional Power Grabs Appears to be the Start of a Cult of Personality

    Turley is a liberal himself. But there are two sorts of liberals: principled ones and partisan ones. Someone like Turley will call out one of his own when one of his own violates important principles.

    But most liberals won’t. The official word from much of the progressive side of the aisle is glee that Obama is “getting tough” with conservatives (and also, “getting tough” with the Constitution, I guess.)

    This is why I won’t call most progressives “liberal.” The word liberal, despite being discredited in the 70s and 80s when it came to describe the New Left, has an honorable tradition existing well before that time. Many people who we would now call “conservatives” in the 40s and 50s in fact called themselves “liberal” at the time.

    There was once a tension, for example, between expanding state power and “liberalism.” Liberals opposed it, in the main, and championed the individual

    But at some point, the New Left embraced (and how!) growing state power over economic aspects of life (while, I must acknowledge, resisting state power in the spheres of sexuality and free speech) and while they were often termed “liberals,” I think that term was misapplied, when one looks at the whole history of it.

    At any rate, Turley is a liberal, but those cheering for Obama’s unconstitutional collection of all government power within the Executive and his single person are not. They are an assortment of statists, progressives, revanchist cryptosocialists, and simple-minded partisan Democrats who just take the position that anything their team is doing is fine, because it’s their team.

    Turley calls this “dangerous,” and notes that we are now in the slippery slope to a “false democracy.” He doesn’t say this explicitly, but by “false democracy” I imagine he’s thinking of a banana republic, in which there is a pretense of democratic republicanism, but in fact is an authoritarian structure, as the Jefe in such a system actually has all the power.

    He says those currently remaining silent will “come to loathe” their silence.

  27. helenk3 says:

    I had to walk out of the room listening to bob beckle on the five.

    what is wrong with raising the standards of the poor schools instead of lowering the standards of the good schools?

    whether or not you like Christie, his comment that most American strive for excellence instead of mediocrity is a true statement.

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  30. helenk3 says:

    sounds good to me. ever heard of the civilian conservation corp? the built a lot of great infrastructure in this country

  31. The Klown says:

    I always feel a little proud of myself on pill-refill day when I look at all three dispensers (42 holes) and see that I didn’t miss a single dose.

  32. The Klown says:

    Re-watching Silver Linings Playbook again.

    If J-Law keeps on cranking out awesome performances like this she’s gonna need her own wing in the Oscars Hall of Fame.

  33. Mandy Dee says:

    would you mind if I tweet your post?

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