Clarence Thomas Says We All Talk About Race Too Much Nowadays

Clarence Thomas Wants Us to Stop Talking About Race

The Supreme Court justice thinks the country is too sensitive when it comes to racial issues

by Slate, February 12, 2014

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Clarence Thomas Says We All Talk About Race Too Much Nowadays

Clarence Thomas Says We All Talk About Race Too Much Nowadays

Americans today are too sensitive about race, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a gathering of college students in Florida on Tuesday.

Speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thomas, the second Black justice to serve on the court, lamented what he considers a society that is more 'conscious' of racial differences than it was when he grew up in segregated Georgia in the days before — and during — the civil rights era.

'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,' 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.'"

Read it at Slate.

 
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