Clarence Thomas on Decline in Black Communities: “We should at least fess up and say something is wrong”

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Racism, straight up. Or something. How dare he speak the truth.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday he is heartbroken over the persistent poverty and social troubles among many black communities but has no answers on how to solve these problems.

Thomas spoke to an appreciative audience at Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh. The crowd of about 1,200 people responded with both applause and laughter as he discussed politics, the makeup of the Supreme Court, race, and his own struggles to find his path in life.

Thomas said he doesn’t bear any ill-will toward other people who hold views sharply different from his.

“If I was going to have hard feelings, it’d be mostly on race issues,” Thomas said. “My heart is broken because I worked in the inner cities.”

He said he’s seen terrible decline in some black communities over the years and today “virtually every crime is drug related.” Many young people have no families and no education and numerous anti-poverty programs have failed to make a difference, he said.

“We should at least fess up and say something is wrong,” Thomas said.

While saying he doesn’t have an answer to such problems, he recalled that the Catholic sisters who taught him as a boy in Georgia drove home one point.

“We were told under all circumstances that we were inherently equal,” he said, adding that he’s always been perplexed by people who assume he should think a certain way because he’s black. “My family was not inferior. I have never believed it and I never will.”

The First Lady is slated to speak at a notoriously violent Chicago school today. She’ll ignore everything Justice Thomas said and blame guns.


One Response to “Clarence Thomas on Decline in Black Communities: “We should at least fess up and say something is wrong””

  1. MT Geoff on 10/10/13 at 6:48 pm

    People with an education start their careers on a low rung — I mowed lawns and delivered Fuller Brush before I joined the Air Force. People with an education start on a low rung and climb, but people with no education stay on the low rung. And some of those low-rung clingers then have kids.
    Too many people from poor families have decided the low rung will do, and that a real family is too much like work so they won’t. Their kids have only the example of disorganization and dependency to go by. The amazing thing is that some of the kids prosper at all.
    None of that is my doing. I’ve never acted against anyone because of race, social class, gender or other “ism”.