Thomas: Northern liberals treated me worse than people of Savannah

Thomas: Northern liberals treated me worse than people of Savannah

[Ed. – Funny, that hasn’t been the headline in the U.S. media.]

The conservative justice who, among other things, has written opinions supporting limits on Affirmative Action, added that ‘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.’ …

‘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 said during a chapel service hosted by the nondenominational Christian university.

‘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 added. …

Throughout his career, Thomas said, he has experienced more instances of discrimination and poor treatment in the North than the South.

‘The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. The absolute worst I have ever been treated,’ Thomas said. ‘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.’ …

In his autobiography, Thomas recalled his rocky confirmation being worse than his childhood growing up under segregation, writing, ‘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.’


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