“Clarence Thomas Has a Right to Be Angry”

Many Americans have a blind spot when it comes to black conservatives. They don’t have the foggiest idea what makes these people tick.
And they blew their chance to learn more during the October 1991 confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Instead, there were those who tried to destroy someone who dared to think for himself.
… As Thomas recalls in his book, he felt compelled in 1986 to take issue with an article by the journalist Hodding Carter that accused President Reagan of reviving racism in America. Carter responded by comparing Thomas, a Southerner, to “those chicken-eating preachers who gladly parroted the segregationists line in exchange for a few crumbs from the white man’s table” and said Thomas was “one of the few left in captivity.”
Thomas correctly described that language as “nakedly racist.” It was also awfully presumptuous for a white man to lecture a black man about racism, just because one is a liberal and the other a conservative. And yet, Thomas laments, not a single civil rights leader rose to say anything about it.

Whew. I’ll bet he’s getting some letters.

2 Responses to ““Clarence Thomas Has a Right to Be Angry””

  1. Gunslinger says:

    We need more commentary challenging the phony “white knights” who love to play race crusader for only their own ardor.
    Besides, it’s a hoot watching the phonies howl with indignation when confronted with their own racism of low expectations.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    I read that yesterday and was pretty amazed to see that at CNN. I’ve also just finished Thomas’ book and found it excellent.

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