Clarence Thomas: 'No Real Difference Between Blacks and Whites'
The only black Supreme Court justice says he also wanted to be a priest
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas felt like giving his annual "I'm not here because I'm black" address. This time he sat down with Bloomberg Businessweek to rant about race and what he wanted to do before he got into law.
"I wanted to be a priest," he admits in an as told to column. "That was the only firm goal I ever had. But I became bitter about the church’s silence on racism."
He went on to tell a story about how he and a group of black students started a protest rally, along with other white students, and got suspended from school. However, more black kids got suspended than white ones. Fortunately for him, the school reversed the decision and allowed him back at school. At that point, it sounds like he had an epiphany, don't ever rise up against white folks again.
"If we were not allowed to come back, I was done," he says. "There was no way I could have faced my grandfather or moved back home to Savannah. I have no idea where I could have gone to school. I thank God that Holy Cross reversed the suspensions and allowed us to come back."
Fast forward to now, and Thomas doesn't sound like he is bitter about the silence on racism, because he's pretty blind to it himself.
"I was taught there’s no real difference between blacks and whites," he proudly proclaims. "I never thought there was supposed to be an easier or different road for us."
FYI, it was just reported that when blacks try to take out loans and mortgages, they are discriminated against. 6,000 black people are also suing the state of Iowa claiming decades of discriminatory hiring practices too. Just this past Thursday and New York girl was sent home from school for saying she felt like her own teachers discriminate her from a proper education.
So, while Thomas may not think there is a difference, someone out there surely does.
If this revelation is any indication, it's obvious what Thomas will be voting in favor of when Affirmative Action comes up for review in the Supreme Court this fall.
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