Via Washington Post:
It is true, Justice Clarence Thomas acknowledged the other night, that the “we the people” extolled in the Constitution 225 years ago did not include people who looked like him. But the Declaration of Independence did, he contended, and that was something that a black kid growing up in Savannah, Ga., was told early on. “There was always this underlying belief that we were entitled to be a full participant in ‘we the people,’ ” Thomas told a crowd at the National Archives last week.
“That’s the way we grew up. It was the way the nuns, who were all immigrants, would explain it to us — that we were entitled, as citizens of this country, to be full participants. There was never any doubt that we were inherently equal. It said so in the Declaration of Independence.”
“I always think it’s so fascinating to think of these black kids in the segregated school in Savannah reciting the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States or standing out in the schoolyard saying the Pledge of Allegiance every day before school,” Thomas said.
“I mean, everything so obviously in front of you is wrong. You can’t go to the public library. You can’t live in certain neighborhoods. You can’t go to certain schools. But despite all of that, you lived in an environment of people who said it was still our birthright to be included, and continued to push, not only to change the laws, but to maintain that belief in our hearts.”
Thomas also noted a period in his college years in which the belief was not so strong. “I, too, became quite cynical and would make glib remarks in reciting the — not-so-pleasant remarks in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or say things that I think were . . . ” He paused. “Glad there were not these cellphones,” he said to laughter. “People couldn’t YouTube you and it’s around forever.”
Hmmmm…and this is a man who is married to a white woman, yet sexually harasses and degrades black women.
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