Silent Clarence Speaks

Clarence Thomas graduated from Yale Law School and shortly after got a job working for Senator John Danforth. He then went on to some government work. He is not noted for any law articles, any research in law, he did not serve as a judge, he did not serve in political office, he is not responsible for any important government actions, but somehow he was selected to serve on the US Supreme Court. Frankly, it was due to his friendship with Senator John Danforth. There is not a single example of any important aspect of law that he is famous for, but this unknown man somehow wound up on the Supreme Court. Some might say it was due to his connections and to affirmative action. Why else was this unknown and unimportant man made a judge?

He is most well known for his lack of words when cases are presented. If he ever speaks, his fellow judges are shocked. Apparently, he sees no need to make comments or pose questions. However, in the case dealing with affirmative action, the man of silence can not shut up.

He attacked affirmative action programs at the University of Texas at Austin  to be akin to white thinking about slaves. “Slave owners argued that slavery was a positive good that civilized blacks and elevated them in every dimension. Following in these inauspicious footsteps, the University would have us believe its discrimination is a  likewise benign. Racial discrimination is never benign.”

He does have a point. Just have him look in the mirror.