Skip to comments.Clarence Thomas: Society is overly sensitive about race
Posted on 02/11/2014 12:27:32 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan
Americans today are too sensitive about race, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a gathering of college students in Florida on Tuesday. Speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thomas, the second black justice to serve on the court, lamented what he considers a society that is more conscious of racial differences than it was when he grew up in segregated Georgia in the days before and during the civil rights era.
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, Thomas said during a chapel service hosted by the nondenominational Christian university. Now, name a day it doesnt come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesnt look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, Id 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.
Thats a part of the deal, he added.
Thomas spent his childhood in a place and time in which businesses and government services were legally segregated. In his 2007 memoir, "My Grandfather's Son," he described his experience growing up as an African-American Catholic in Georgia during the Jim Crow era. I was a two-fer for the Klan, he said.
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"There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public."
"Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays."
"Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
-- Booker T. Washington
Mr. Thomas should know. The democrats tried to stop his nomination with lies.
Not society, Clarence. Liberals.
America would be much better off if Booker T. Washington, rather than W.E.B. DuBois had become the most noted face of Negroes in the early 1900. DuBois and the NAACP had and continue to have an absolutely poisonous and corrosive effect on American society.
“Race” is the cudgel that Liberals will NEVER put down-so long as it serves their purposes.
Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person.
Simple straight forward.. in your face.. obviously TRUE!...
It’s takes wisdom and character to say something this simple..
Oh! how this must STING some minority’s belief system..
Basically get over it, and get busy.. it’s not about YOU!.. it’s about US!..
Wasn’t DuBois closely linked to the Lenninists, and an apologist for their democides?
From the article:
The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. The absolute worst I have ever been treated, Thomas said. The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia.
There it is in black and white! (Oops, just can’t help myself)
Society is overly sensitive about ‘every thing’ which rubs even slightly against their over-inflated opinions of themselves!
The problem isn’t race, culture or anything of that nature outside of man...it’s within society’s very heart today...each one who is so full of himself there’s no room “at the inn” for the one who can change that!
“I dont know how an oath becomes meaningful unless you have faith. “
I just adore that man.
Booker T. was at the same time promoting practical education along with social and economic advancement through hard work.
our Attorney General would say he’s a coward
The problem is only a small number of blacks are araical and we supposed to act like that is not true.
the country isn’t overly sensitive to racism... political types use it too often as a club
Liberals see our disregard for the race issue as racism in and of itself.
Simple. There’s money to be made.
Must agree. Based on his autobiography, I found his decency and work ethic very inspiring.
Last night Geraldo was scolding O'Reilly for having been just as hard on Obama as he was on Bush, saying that as the nation's first black president, Obama should have received more deference. O'Reilly had treated him as the full equal of the prior white president, and Geraldo was unhappy with that.
I've been put in that position at work on many occasions: if I expect a black employee to follow procedures appropriately, just as I would a white employee, I'm racist. Certain individuals of color (certainly not all) believe that the collective history of racial relations in America should allow them to pick and choose which policies they want to follow, and feel free to disregard the ones they don't like.
He went over to the dark side in mid-life after a visit to Russia.
The Race “problem” has been with mankind since they first ventured forth from their Country of origin and discovered there were peoples who did not look like they did. It is a problem older than America—t did not begin with the Slave trade—Nor the Democratic Party hold of the “solid South”.
I did not begin with the “freedom Riders of the sixties—and it is downright STUPID for anybody to confuse “Sexual Orientation” with race YET because we have a Democratic Party— that has learned from its owners the Communist Party USA and “progressives” of whatever Political Party they claim for convenience there is POWER in a weak Prince keeping everybody Divided and embroiled in their own interests.I see no end to the Race”problem” until Christ returns —or comes whichever version of believes—and all God’s children are matured—and everyone else burned like fat on a consuming fire.
This week I have seen Colin Powell trotted out by his comment about Republicans not liking people who don’tlook like they do. Colin Powell has been wrong about much—but he stumbled into something when he said it was a “convenient but invalid argument” for any to equate skin color to sexual orientation (Crisis 1993?)Most of what he says serves only to divide people even more than they manage on their own. Now that the “progressives” have had their fun with Colin Powell we are treated Thanks to the Government media complex-we are treated to Clarence Thomas.Of the two I prefer Clarence Thomas as the more Reasonable.
All said and done I can’t wait for this damned Black history month to be over with so the nation —except those who listen to the hyphenated Barack Hussein Obama can quit this game and get on with being Americans.
Projection is a prominent feature of many mental disorders. OTOH when a liberal experiences white guilt that is not a misplaced emotion.
The reason “orientation” is being equated to race is because race has been such an effective club in America to beat down those with traditional values.
The homosexual agenda is so important to the left because it is an effective vehicle through which they can get Christian values criminalized.
Any states around here getting ready to say enough already, we're done with the rogue, unconstitutional federal government?
I agree but cannot comment further.....
As long as anything is exploitable we will hear a lot about it.
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umm... more like ignorant.
Most people cannot even DEFINE what a “Racist” is accurately.
American society is overly sensitive. If you pay attention to American media and commentary the impression you get is that White Anglo Saxon Americans are the only racist in the world, a sort of racist exclusivity.
Yet racist and racism exist in every country, in every race and in every society and it occurs in various forms, such as religious racism, language racism, nationalistic racism and of course colour racism, but for some odd reason racial sensitivity appears to be overly emphasized in American culture and literature. It’s a strange phenomena, but it apparently will never subside.
Judge Thomas’s comments remind me of a conversation I had with one of my favorite teachers in high school. He was black and he and I were talking about prejudice: he told me he encountered more prejudice when he went up north to a teacher’s convention than he ever did growing up in east Texas.
He said that he knew he was back in the South when he walked in a restaurant, ordered coffee and the waitress addressed him as “sir” and she was white.
I agree on both.shortly after Colorado passed amendment #2 in response to Gov.Roy Romer’s attempt to change our State civil rights code without going through proper channels— I attended a “talk” sponsored by the Psych Club at Mesa College in Grand Jct.Where a self described homosexual activist—and college Professor from the Peoples Republic of Boulder was to speak comparing passage of Amendment #2 to actual combat.she admitted she self diagnosed herself as suffering PTSD(”Just like the men who have been in combat) She also disclosed that she was sent to the American South to see if she could “piggyback”the experience of the southern Blacks during the civil Rights Movement of the 60’s—to the experience of homosexuals ,after amendment #2 passed.She also was sent to Germany to visit the Death Camps to see how she could work the experience of the Jews during Hitlers Holocaust into some comparison to homosexuals in America. I’ve known many Veterans diagnosed with PTSD as result of combat.I am diagnosed as bi-polar which is of that same family of disorders.I survived Colorado when the enemy targeted us as the HATE State for passage of amendment #2 . And None of what I saw then compares to hard Combat—or even soft combat— Nor does it compare to the lynchings done in the South —mostly by the KKK mostly to keep the Black and poor whites from leaving the Democratic Party Plantation. I know of NO homosexual who was ever lynched because of the color of his skin. That kid who was killed in Wyoming was trying to trade illegal drugs to druggies in exchange for immoral Sex.and most “gay bashing” violence is gay on gay. Not at all as it is imagined to advance the “cause’ . and in conclusion the Gay Rights movement cannot possibly be compared to Hitlers treatment of the Jews.I know of No homosexual ever had his property taken by the State because he/she /it was Gay. I know of no-one who ever made a lampshade from the skins of any homosexual who died as result of wartime (Inhumane) experiments.Progressives no matter what political Party they belong to Hate Christians.but the Democratic Party has entrenched it’s values in those of the old Soviet Communist and most certainly and most actively attempt to criminalize Christian values having divorced themselves from the foundation and fundamental law Religion,Morality, and Knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind....”Article III Northwest Ordinance.July 1787& Aug.1789