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.