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The Supreme Courtissued an opinion on Dobbs' case on June 24, overturning Roe v. Wade. The attacks on conservative judges were immediate and vicious. The worst vitriol poured into Clarence Thomas.
Those words were shocking. Countless social media posts included "F***k Clarence Thomas" and "Kill Clarence Thomas." Many called him "Uncle Thomas" or "Housen**a," using racist language. Few Democratic leaders condemned this. Many actually participated and even spearheaded it. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot shouted "F**k Clarence Thomas" in his speech and tweeted "Call for arms." Even before the decision,Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer threatened certain judges that they would "make a stir" if they overturned Roe.
Clarence Why is it okay to use racist language about his Thomas that would be reprehensible when applied to progressive leaders? A clue can be found in his story of Thomas' life, which he recently told us. First the movie and then the book both with the same name, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas' own words"Here's what we learned
Justice Clarence Thomas was "our greatest living American" and despite constant attacks from the Left, the author Says
Thomas grew upin dire poverty in the isolated South of Savannah, Georgia. After attending college as a black extremist, he reverted to his maternal grandfather's conservative values. The first Republican he voted for was Ronald Reagan, who later worked under him.
Attacks on Thomas began as soon as he was publicly identified as a black conservative. For example, in a 1986 letter to his Playboy editor, his Hodding Carter, a Southern white journalist and former senior Carter administration official, wrote: Eating a preacher who willingly parroted a row of separatists in exchange for a few crumbs from the white man's table. He is one of the few left in captivity.Thomas tells us As he said, "not a single civil rights leader challenged this blatantly racist language."
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in 1991 A public hearing was held. Since then, those who hate Thomas have continued to attack him for decades.
In our film, we found a cartoon in which Thomas is depicted in his KKK robes, as Judge Scalia's shoeshine boy, and as a far-right lawn jockey. rice field. One stomach-twirling sketch of him from the hit TV show In Living Color shows Thomas relentlessly feeding the other judges and ignorantly voting, but other everyone votes.
When questioned about these, Justice Thomas said: Or ever, Ben Carson, you're not really black, so that's fine. As he put it, he was simply "the wrong Negro" and had the wrong opinion, so "had to be destroyed". 53}
Why black conservatives submit to such a racist and ugly caricature. Part of the answer may lie in the gap between the black elite and the average black American. For example, more than 81% of his Black parents support school choice, while the NAACP strongly disagrees. Despite disparities on this and many other issues, about 83% of black voters lean Democratic, according to Pew Research, and has continued since the civil rights movement.
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I take it for granted. Black leaders were able to grow increasingly radical and progressive, independent of the values of voters who had little choice. These black leaders see their opinions as absolute truths, without questioning or challenging them. Thomas is not only wrong, he is evil and a racial traitor.
File – Supreme Court Member Poses A group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, April 23, 2021. Seated from left: Deputy Justice Samuel Alito, Deputy Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Deputy Justice Stephen Breyer, and Deputy Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Amy Coney Barrett. (Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)
But white progressives are catching up. Comments about white conservative judges are beginning to resemble attacks on Thomas. The attempted assassination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the most extreme example.
Progressives may regret the day they launched these destructive tactics. As Thomas said of the attack on him, "It's a tactic, and when people see it succeed, they don't realize it's going to be the next attack on the Tower of London. It's time." The problem is... if you allow this to set a precedent for your society, people might say "Oh, that's great. This particular guy is tarring and feathering." he is there "
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Thomas was once a leftist and now is conservative and may find us unsure about our current beliefs, so we need to be a little humble, which is also in line with his deep Catholic faith. He has theCatholic Litany of Humilityposted on the wall of his office where he looks at it daily, and has published it as the last page of his book. , appeals to God to free the speaker from the desire to be praised, from the fear of being humiliated, despised, ridiculed, and wronged.
What civil servants today lack most is humility, and we hope that the story of Clarence Thomas can inspire us even more as it tells us in our films and books.
Mark Paoletta and Michael Pack are co-authors of the new book ". His own words' were taken from over 25 hours of interviews Puck gave to Judge Thomas for the film of the same name . Puck is a documentary filmmaker, president of Manifold Productions and former CEO of a US global media agency. He has produced over 15 of his documentaries for public television, most recently 'Created Equal'. Paoletta is a partner at law firm Schaerr-Jaffe LLP. He previously worked as an attorney for George H.W. At the White House, President Bush worked on Judge Thomas' confirmation.