Remember when Jan Crawford interviewed Clarence Thomas in 2008? She asked him about Harry Reid’s comment — which, as I reminded readers over the weekend, was based on falsehoods — that Thomas
has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written. I don’t — I just don’t think that he’s done a good job as a Supreme Court justice.
Crawford today recalled Thomas’s response:
In an interview in 2008, I asked Thomas why people continue to embrace this grossly false storyline — why they sell him short, understate his intellect — and why they persistently believe he merely has “followed” Scalia, when in fact there’s absolutely no basis for that.
“Give me a break. I mean this is part of the — you know, the black guy is supposed to follow somebody white. We know that,” Thomas told me. “Come on, we know the story behind that. I mean there’s no need to sort of tip-toe around that … The story line was that, well I couldn’t be doing this myself, he must be doing it for me because I’m black. That’s obvious. Again, I go back to my point. Who were the real bigots? It’s obvious.”
But why no uproar, I asked. Why no outcry?
“People feel free to say about me what they think about lots of blacks,” Thomas told me. “Because of the heterodox views I’ve taken, they have license to say it about me with impunity.”
Or put another way: In Harry Reid’s worldview, Clarence Thomas isn’t the “right” kind of black guy.
Well, he did speak that Geechee dialect as a child.
And he does have that dark, dark skin.
No, he’s really not Harry’s Reid’s type at all, is he?
P.S. ‘Course, he did use that fancy white word “heterodox.” I bet Harry Reid doesn’t even know what that means.
P.P.S. Read Jan’s entire post here.