Clarence Thomas: Northern ‘Liberal Elite’ More Racist Than Southerners
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said that racism is alive and well in the U.S., but the worst of it isn’t where you think it might be. Thomas, currently the only black member of the Supreme Court, said that northern liberals are far more racist than conservative southerners and have treated him far more poorly over the years. He made the comments while speaking to a group of students earlier this week at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
“The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites,” he said during his speech. “The absolute worst I have ever been treated. 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.”
Thomas also said that American has become more race-conscious than ever before in his life. “We are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school,” he said. “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.”
Last June, Minnesota state Rep. Ryan Winkler apologized after referring to Thomas as an Uncle Tom, a derogatory that characterizes black people as faithful and happy servants. Winkler declared afterwards that he didn’t know the term had racist connotations.