No wonder activists hate him — he exposes the lies in their power base.
Justice Clarence Thomas decried the contemporary culture of victimhood during remarks Thursday, telling an audience at the Library of Congress that constant aggrievement would exhaust the country.
Ever a touchstone for controversy on racial issues, the Justice related a story from a recent trip to Kansas, where a black college student told him she was primarily interested in school work, and less interested in the political tumult gripping college campuses.
“At some point we’re going to be fatigued with everybody being a victim,” he said.
That strikes right to the heart of what’s making college campuses lose their minds.
How dare he?
Actually, he’s got a better claim on ‘victim status’ than most of the people crying ‘victim’ and demanding special treatment or reparations today.
But he’ll never argue for it.
That’s not how he looks at life. (It’s probably why he was so much more successful than his typical critic.)
He made his Thursday remark in the context of a broader discussion about his childhood. Thomas was born in Georgia’s coastal lowlands among impoverished Gullah-speakers, and spent his childhood working his grandfather’s farm. He likened his upbringing to Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel “The Help” as most of the women in his life, including his mother, were domestics in white households.
Given the few options open to blacks in the Jim Crow south, Thomas’ family felt they had no choice but to do the best with what they had. The justice detects the hand of providence in those select opportunities open to him, like parochial education and Savannah’s Carnegie library, which served the black population.
“You always have to play the hand you’re dealt,” he said. “If you’re dealt a bad hand, you still have to play it.”
Let’s see the people who would claim he’s somehow not had the ‘black experience’ explain that away.
He even offers the one clue to his success that has proven so elusive to many of the victim class of college age.
Are you ready?
By Thomas’ telling, his grandfather was the defining figure of his life. When he joined the Supreme Court in 1991, his wife commissioned a bust featuring his grandfather’s favorite quote.
“His favorite quote was ‘Old Man Can’t is dead. I helped bury him,’” Thomas said.
That’s good advice, actually.
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