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 (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.
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
According to the race-baiters, being colorblind is racist.
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.
It is 31 as I am typing with an expected high of 63 and a high tomorrow of 71. We missed the ice, sleet and snow by about 70 miles due east. Very sunny and I have all drapes and blinds open to get sunlight. The cat is hiding under a bed because it is too bright and I won’t get her any sunglasses.
I have felt that pain many times while those south of us have gleefully pointed out warm temps and sunny skies. I refuse to gloat , but am feeling no pain.
I’m in the middle of it. Not really that bad as it’s all light, fluffy stuff. And it looks like it’s going to be in the 50s very soon, so it will all melt. So that looks like it will be the one and only winter storm we’ll get there.
Apparently The Atlantic didn’t do their research. Despite Sochi’s somewhat “moderate” climate, here’s how they were chosen in 2007 ….. and Putin 😀
After dumping a foot of snow overnight, global warming has switched to hurling ice pellets now.
So, CNN’s tribute to Black History month is tearing down a truly historic black American? Oh wait, because Republican? Yeah.
Black Republicans aren’t really authentic blacks.
Cute. But having problems with my FB friends making this guy a hero…….saving Sochi Puppies …..
We go through this every Olympic year when host countries slaughter their strays, oh wait, it’s the fugly adult mutts, but save the PUPPIES ! Awwww, sh*t.
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.
Now Jeremy Abbot just took a really bad fall. Looks like he hurt his left wrist.
He lay stunned there for a while then crowd started cheering him to get up. And he did get up and nailed tge rest of his program. Inspiring.
I’m just tuning in, thanks for the updates. At quick glance, the ice needs to be cleaned, there’s gotta be some ruts 😦
The only thing I got is men’s curling on MSLSD
NBCSports it’s one of their other cable channels.
That shows as “on demand” for me, which means I would have to pay extra.
They’ll replay these tonight with all the draaaaaaaaaaama. 😉
We get ALL the sports channels in our package, which I’m sure we’re paying way too much for. It’s just too bad NBC wouldn’t free up their pay channels for the Olympics, would have been great advertising. Hate to admit NBCSports coverage is way better than their primetime drippy eyes (Costas) and drips (Lauer) politicizing everything.
Plushenko has screws in his spine, been having problems all week ? 😦
OMG. I’m so srooy for him. He is/was one of the best.
Never do my comments go through without my having to sign in until I misspelled SORRY.
Meanwhile, how about those Evil Koch Brothers who are destroying ‘Merika ?
Gonna steal this and work something up……
Be sure you check the Code Pink photo at the link 😉
I like this Ted guy:
Was ‘Bam threatening another shutdown to blame the Republicans on ?
GOP establishment screams and yells that so much of what Cruz does is “pointless.” Well, yeah, if you consider being straightforward about your convictions and honest with the voters about them “pointless.” Geez, where’s the value in THAT?
And they say it with a straight face. Have they no shame? Oh, never mind…………..
“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”.
HOORAY for Ted!
I keep forgetting my TCH FB posts automatically tweet too. Clicking on the timestamp on the upper right column will take you to our tweet !
this bunch make the gang that couldn’t shoot straight look like Rhodes Scholars
So that’s why the WH twit accounts are now sending the kids to the financial aid.gov sites, lol, gonna shake those pajama boys and girls down for their burger flipping money one way or the other 😀
where the US had ships during Benghazi
For a moment there I thought vm said, “……I msiesd the lraegr nkead men sakrets.” and ROFL’d.
(And yes, you’re all smart enough to read that).
“I missed the larger naked men sackrace?”
about that color blindness, guess it is supposed to be only one way
Apparently the party of slavery, segregation, jim crow, and the KKK still have some issues to work out. We hope they work through those issues soon.
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.
remember the first state to allow women to vote was not in the northeast
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.
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
there does not seem to be enough of an outcry over this and there should be.
there is really something wrong with this picture
this is good and hope it goes somewhere
there are announcements and then there are announcements
The Incredible LEGAL Immigrants
the hate crimes no body talks about the knock out games spreading across the country
how many of the msm just laid down and willing gave up their freedom?
Bout all of them. 😦
I love this guy …..
“The arc of history is long, but it bends toward Zombie Apocalypse.” I want a teeshirt with this on it, so bad.
That’s a winner. Braaaaaiiiinnns.
this is a very dangerous direction for this country to go
it never ends
he is the chinese water torture of pictures
I want all protection pulled from this guy. leave him on his own
So annoying – we lost cable & internet for a couple of hours so I missed the higher ranked men skaters. Grrr.
Number 10 in this gallery is my underdog fave.
He’s the youngest skater, and he is the only athlete for his country – I don’t think he even has his coach with him coz when he was waiting for his score a Russian coach came over to sit with him. He’s made 19th out of 29 today.
Michael Christian Martinez.
Found a vid from today
dumb criminal of the day
Another dumb criminal tried to rob a social club (for older adults) last night in Gary, IN. He pulled a gun and told everyone to “Get on the floor”. Somehow, he ended up firing his gun. 4 adults were shot. But the dumbass didn’t think these old geezers would fight back. Someome shot the 22 y/o wannabe robber and the guy was stuck there bleeding while the cops were called. Yup, I think Indiana is the wrong state to assume people won’t be armed.
Here’s a link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-gary-ind-shooting-20140213,0,5218843.story
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. 😀 😀
Power behind the throne type, eh?
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.
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.)
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.
I am one of those old-school liberals who believes in small government.
My biggest worry is that even when O is gone, and if we had a fire breathing constitutionalist tomorrow, I’m not at all sure all this shit can be reversed.
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.
I’d watch that.
sounds good to me. ever heard of the civilian conservation corp? the built a lot of great infrastructure in this country
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.
I just added them up and discovered that I take 98 pills a week, not counting vitamins and OTCs.
Better living thru chemistry.
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.
I thought J-Law was in her late 20’s but she’s even younger than Taylor Swift!
would you mind if I tweet your post?
Be my guest.