Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was born in Georgia during a time of high racial tension.
He recently compared the segregated part of the country to the North of today, saying that the “supposed anti-slavery” North has caused him more grief than the historically racist south ever did.
“The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, [were] by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia,” he said, the Daily Mail reported. […]
“My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious that I was in the 1960s when I went to school,” he said, the Daily Mail reported. “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.”
Thomas grew up during a time when Ku Klux Klan billboards were lined up along Southern roads. Racial segregation was at its peek, being regularly enforced throughout the south.
According to the Daily Mail Thomas finished by saying, “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.”
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