Speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Justice ‘Uncle Rukus’ spoke about race relations, which basically shined some light on the Stockholm/Post Traumatic Slave syndrome he so obviously suffers from. He claims today’s American is more ‘conscious’ of their racial and cultural differences than during the Jim Crow era – and that it’s turned us into a bunch of wussies – I’m paraphrasing of course.
“Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out… That’s a part of the deal,” he said.
And here he is rationalizing his opinion that racist awareness is worse now than during the age of Jim Crow: “My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up.” Seriously man?
On being Black and Catholic growing up in Savannah Georgia, Thomas wrote ‘I was a two-fer for the Klan,’ in his book My Grandfather’s Son. He included accounts of having to literally “steer clear” of various sections of Savannah to avoid the brutal insanity of the KKK.
After graduating from Yale Law School in 1974, Thomas embarked upon a judicial career that landed him in his current position as Supreme Court Justice – where he appears to be perpetuating some of the oppression he once ‘sort-of’ experienced as a youth. But it turns out that those early racist occurrences were not the worst he’s encountered. Throughout his career, Thomas said, he has experienced more instances of discrimination and poor treatment in the North than the South, The Mail reports.
“The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. The absolute worst I have ever been treated… The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia.” It’s an interesting statement that touches on the faces of racism that morph from region to region, but coming from him, it may be a harder pill to swallow.
The report highlights an unusual, but fitting statement he wrote in his autobiography. “My worst fears had come to pass not in Georgia, but in Washington, D.C., where I was being pursued not by bigots in white robes but by left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony.”