EUGENE ROBINSON: Clarence Thomas, Wit...

EUGENE ROBINSON: Clarence Thomas, Witness for the Persecution

There are 13 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Oct 2, 2007, titled EUGENE ROBINSON: Clarence Thomas, Witness for the Persecution. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

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SentinelBlather

Plano, TX

#1 Oct 2, 2007
Eugene Robinson proved that everything Justice Clarence Thomas wrote and said is true. Luckily Judge Thomas thinks differently from Robinson, Jackson, Sharpton and the Congressional Black caucus.

I really enjoyed the affirmative action reality of Robinson when he wrote "Even Thomas can't seriously believe Bush's claim that he was the "most qualified" candidate. Nice shot below the belt Gene.
Black Achiever

Reston, VA

#2 Oct 4, 2007
I once had serious doubts about Thomas' integrity, but his 60 minutes interview revealed someone deeply principled and determined to play the game of life by honest rules. Mr. Robinson, it makes no sense to say a man hates himself simply because he refuses to value a Yale degree or anything else he thinks he received unfairly. Actually it shows dignity.

Although I don't agree with Thomas' every position, I respect him much more now that I've heard his side. I'm also growing more annoyed with attacks on a Black man seeking freedom on his own terms.

In politics, EVERYONE is tainted by either cronyism or inexperience. Detractors call Thomas mediocre but would they complain if he followed their political line? No need to answer.

Respect him. He is a free man.
Elder J Biggs Junior

Powder Springs, GA

#3 Oct 4, 2007
A letter I sent to 60 Minutes.

Hi 60 Minutes,

I must inform you that your statement is a bit incorrect, Everybody knows Justice Uncle Thomas.

First, Mr. Bush senior knew him this is the reason that he chose him for the nomination to the Supreme Court.
Second, the court system knows him for his absentee voting in the court on cases or anycase that comes to the Supreme court that deals withpeople of color, any color. but this is how he got placed in the position to become a Supreme Court Justice.
Third, Most people know This Justice for his attitude because he mirrors his brother George W. Bush,(their birth days are close) admit nothing and deny everything but, for mostly do nothing for the people and don’t let that latter down that you climbed up on no matter what.
lastly, Dr. Anita Hill knows him he has lived up to her accusations on his decisions concerning people of color.
Justice Thurgood Marshall is turning over in his grave for all he fought and died, Justice Thomas’s Grand-father also is turning.
People like Bush senior are in the business of moving money and Power to the people from the hands of the people and giving it into the hands of the super rich, big business, and the like.

What's the difference between Justice Thomas and Benedict Arnold? Arnold knew that he was a trader.
Yes, from your report about Justice Thomas everybody already knows him and my opinion about him was not altered in fact the same understanding of him has been reaffirmed even though this was the first time that I have listened to him speak on his opinions and his personal life.

Yes, Everybody knows Justice Uncle Thomas maybe there are some out there that didn’t know him but for the rest of us he is old news.


One last question,

Why didn't Justice Thomas talk about the Jena 6 situation, I am sure that he said that he would not talk about that on camera. As to not make himself look bad on camera he evaded this question pre-enter view I'm sure, and I was not there but I know that I am right?

The man is so far out there, there are no planets in his universe.

Yes, Everybody knows Justice Uncle Thomas maybe there are some out there that didn’t know him but for the rest of us he is old news.


Yes, Everybody knows Justice Thomas.
Laverne

Palm Bay, FL

#4 Oct 5, 2007
Elder J Biggs Junior wrote:
A letter I sent to 60 Minutes.
Hi 60 Minutes,
I must inform you that your statement is a bit incorrect, Everybody knows Justice Uncle Thomas.
First, Mr. Bush senior knew him this is the reason that he chose him for the nomination to the Supreme Court.
Second, the court system knows him for his absentee voting in the court on cases or anycase that comes to the Supreme court that deals withpeople of color, any color. but this is how he got placed in the position to become a Supreme Court Justice.
Third, Most people know This Justice for his attitude because he mirrors his brother George W. Bush,(their birth days are close) admit nothing and deny everything but, for mostly do nothing for the people and don’t let that latter down that you climbed up on no matter what.
lastly, Dr. Anita Hill knows him he has lived up to her accusations on his decisions concerning people of color.
Justice Thurgood Marshall is turning over in his grave for all he fought and died, Justice Thomas’s Grand-father also is turning.
People like Bush senior are in the business of moving money and Power to the people from the hands of the people and giving it into the hands of the super rich, big business, and the like.
What's the difference between Justice Thomas and Benedict Arnold? Arnold knew that he was a trader.
Yes, from your report about Justice Thomas everybody already knows him and my opinion about him was not altered in fact the same understanding of him has been reaffirmed even though this was the first time that I have listened to him speak on his opinions and his personal life.
Yes, Everybody knows Justice Uncle Thomas maybe there are some out there that didn’t know him but for the rest of us he is old news.
One last question,
Why didn't Justice Thomas talk about the Jena 6 situation, I am sure that he said that he would not talk about that on camera. As to not make himself look bad on camera he evaded this question pre-enter view I'm sure, and I was not there but I know that I am right?
The man is so far out there, there are no planets in his universe.
Yes, Everybody knows Justice Uncle Thomas maybe there are some out there that didn’t know him but for the rest of us he is old news.
Yes, Everybody knows Justice Thomas.
It is so very sad that whenever a black man or woman achieves a high office, once considered only the realm of whites to occupy such as a Supreme Court Justice, a Secretary of State, or whatever [ And at the hands of Republicans, not Democrats, thank you ), all the blacks can do is to call them "hanky heads" and "Uncle Tom's" and "Oreo's". This is the identical malady that is holding back young black boys from achieving because if they make good grades, and study, their friends immediately castigate them, asking them loudly "Whatcha tryin to do - be White ?" You ignorant, backwards, porch bunny types who want to never see any black achieve anything - out of pure envy - just keep it up, keep playing your dominos under the street lights and drinking your Silver Bullet ale, the rest of us who don't feel tied down to any plantation are moving off and on and we asre proud of Clarence Thomas and Proud of Anita Hill and proud of Colin Powell and hoping our kids will be just like them.
Elder J Biggs Junior

United States

#5 Oct 5, 2007
Laverne wrote:
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It is so very sad that whenever a black man or woman achieves a high office, once considered only the realm of whites to occupy such as a Supreme Court Justice, a Secretary of State, or whatever [ And at the hands of Republicans, not Democrats, thank you ), all the blacks can do is to call them "hanky heads" and "Uncle Tom's" and "Oreo's". This is the identical malady that is holding back young black boys from achieving because if they make good grades, and study, their friends immediately castigate them, asking them loudly "Whatcha tryin to do - be White ?" You ignorant, backwards, porch bunny types who want to never see any black achieve anything - out of pure envy - just keep it up, keep playing your dominos under the street lights and drinking your Silver Bullet ale, the rest of us who don't feel tied down to any plantation are moving off and on and we asre proud of Clarence Thomas and Proud of Anita Hill and proud of Colin Powell and hoping our kids will be just like them.
Yea, What has Thomas done to mark his name in history? What example has he set for young black Children that they may look up to him for emulation.
Please tell me because I have not found a reason to tell my children to look to him for leadership.

So now look for me at his recond and tell me what has Justice Thomas Done for America let along people of Color?
otownnole

Orlando, FL

#6 Oct 5, 2007
Elder J Biggs Junior wrote:
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Yea, What has Thomas done to mark his name in history? What example has he set for young black Children that they may look up to him for emulation.
Please tell me because I have not found a reason to tell my children to look to him for leadership.
So now look for me at his recond and tell me what has Justice Thomas Done for America let along people of Color?
How exactly has he betrayed black people? How has his record made you think he is not worthy of having your children respect him and look up to him? He is a Supreme Court Justice, which in my opinion is someone worthy of looking up to even if you do not necessarily agree with everything he says or does.
Elder J Biggs Junior

United States

#7 Oct 6, 2007
otownnole wrote:
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How exactly has he betrayed black people? How has his record made you think he is not worthy of having your children respect him and look up to him? He is a Supreme Court Justice, which in my opinion is someone worthy of looking up to even if you do not necessarily agree with everything he says or does.

Well now we can talk,

Agreed but,

Let's look at his record, when he was the head of the EEOC(Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) He had the best record for not helping people with their claims of discrimination. More people got away with sexual harassment cases under his time as head than in all of the history of the EEOC. More Affinitive Action cases were denied under his leadership than at any other time in the history of the EEOC. This is what the EEOC is for, in order to help those that can’t help themselves, we pay taxes for this service. Yet this is how he got the job at the EEOC. There was a need for an African Descendant and. C. Thomas filled the vacancy.

Didn’t you know?

Next, as Supreme court Justice he is more Absent in the court than any other judge,
He has made less decisions and given little or no opinions on less cases that come to the court than any other judge on the bench.

So he doesn't show up for work, and when he does show up for work he doesn't work?

What’s the difference between him and someone on Welfare?

Justice Thomas is there to do a job and he's not doing it he's just there occupying a space.

Check the record, Just being a Judge means nothing,
doing the job, that is something!

At any color...
Elder J Biggs Junior

United States

#8 Oct 6, 2007
See this is just wrong putting Anita Hill and Colin Powell in the same sentence with Clarence Thomas? That's just wrong.

Colin Power and Dr. Anita Hill Has done more for American Let along for African Descendants than Justice Thomas will ever do in his life time. It is a disgrace to lump them all together. Justice Thomas is the poster Boy Or Man for the people that are against Affirmative Action.

We need Affirmative Action in this country and more because,

We have serious problems in this country the President is condoning secret torture of people and then lying about it , racism on going, Jena 6, health care, fifty Million people in this county have none, abortion rights, high taxes, people losing their homes their American dream, the homeless, the Stock Market an insecure hope, and gas prices, well, they are changing as I am writing this. Now This is just to name a few of the situations that's going on. Children, Schools, crime, the list goes on!

We are losing the game here and we are being mislead. The people in Washington D.C. are there in order to work for US, WE THE PEOPLE as the Constitution states! They seem to be working only for their on best interest and this is wrong.
And Justice Thomas? Well, He seems to have no back bone and He's not Helping.

The people!

That's his JOB!

P.S. Yes I know that he can read this and I hope that he does.
matt

Lakeland, FL

#9 Oct 7, 2007
If I were a racist I would tell blacks not to emulate Justice Thomas. 50 cent makes a better role model.

If I were a racist I would tell blacks to continue to support affirmative action. After all there is no way a black man can ever be more qualified than a white man thereby earning the position on merit.

If I were a racist I'd tell you to just keep voting for Democrats. At least The GOP is honest in the fact they don't care about blacks. The Democrats lie to you and you believe them. For 50 years they say they will reduce crime in your hoods, provide better economic opportunities, and provide you with equal rights. How's that going?

I am not a racist but a realist. Black problems are your own. Whitey doesn't care about you. Whitey will just keep building more jails for your youth because you won't take a stand in your own communities and address the epidemic of children born out of wedlock. Succeeding as a black man is more difficult than it is for Whitey, but the satisfaction is that much sweeter.

If I were a racist I'd agree with Laverne from Cocoa and tell you to just keep playing dominoes.
Elder J Biggs Junior

Lawrenceville, GA

#10 Oct 7, 2007
matt wrote:
If I were a racist I would tell blacks not to emulate Justice Thomas. 50 cent makes a better role model.
If I were a racist I would tell blacks to continue to support affirmative action. After all there is no way a black man can ever be more qualified than a white man thereby earning the position on merit.
If I were a racist I'd tell you to just keep voting for Democrats. At least The GOP is honest in the fact they don't care about blacks. The Democrats lie to you and you believe them. For 50 years they say they will reduce crime in your hoods, provide better economic opportunities, and provide you with equal rights. How's that going?
I am not a racist but a realist. Black problems are your own. Whitey doesn't care about you. Whitey will just keep building more jails for your youth because you won't take a stand in your own communities and address the epidemic of children born out of wedlock. Succeeding as a black man is more difficult than it is for Whitey, but the satisfaction is that much sweeter.
If I were a racist I'd agree with Laverne from Cocoa and tell you to just keep playing dominoes.
Yea, matt I hear you But I have a question or two for you? Have you ever heard of the glass celling? Or do you know why black men are so mult-skilled and talented?
How about why are there not more repesentives in Washington D.C. of African Decent, Asian Decent, Spanish decent?
Only 43% of these United States are of European decent.
Do you think that people do not understand what's going on?

Do You believe that most people don't want to help themselves?

Well Matt, know this, most of us dumb old people out here of color know and understand the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?

The Repulbican tells you openly to your face that
he is a racist!

Do you know the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?
Elder J Biggs Junior

Lawrenceville, GA

#11 Oct 7, 2007
But don't shift, the point is these people are not doing anything for the WE THE PEOPLE with our taxes that WE want. This is the point, not color, not race, not class.
matt

Lakeland, FL

#12 Oct 8, 2007
Elder J Biggs Junior wrote:
But don't shift, the point is these people are not doing anything for the WE THE PEOPLE with our taxes that WE want. This is the point, not color, not race, not class.
The quicker all Americans reach this point we can truly work to repair the ill of our nation.
Elder J Biggs Junior

Lawrenceville, GA

#13 Oct 8, 2007
matt wrote:
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The quicker all Americans reach this point we can truly work to repair the ill of our nation.
A dream I gave up on years ago because I see no progress, only politics.
Sounds haft glass empty hu?

All of the problems that we have been talking about could be resolved through the course of time around the world but, because of the politics in every game in town no one has the back bone in order to start the ball rolling, no one will back them up, and no one will stay the course. This is the reason that I’m not so optimistic and why I am so vocal on the subject hoping to rub WE THE PEOPLE good , bad, or anyway in order to take some action for this country because otherwise, it remains the same.

The top 20% of the people won't pay for anything, the bottom 30% of the people can't pay for anything, so the middle 50% of the people will continue to pay for everything.

Maybe this is the way that this is suppose to be? I only know that I don't like it and we can do better!

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