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Justice Clarence Thomas Faces Racially Tinged Assault from Left

Racial backlash against Thomas highlights prejudices.

Following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas has received racially tinged attacks, particularly among pro-choice advocates. This attention is notable, especially since Justice Samuel Alito was the one to pen the majority opinion.

Many from the left have taken to social media platforms, such as Twitter, to post discriminatory and racially charged comments directed at Justice Thomas. Phrases like “Uncle Clarence” have trended, drawing comparisons to the character from "Uncle Tom's Cabin," a figure often associated with servitude and betrayal to one's race. It's worth noting that Justice Thomas wasn't the sole target of such racial attacks; Black Republican Senator Tim Scott was similarly derided with the term "Uncle Tim" after he countered President Joe Biden's address to Congress.

These racially charged criticisms against conservatives of color seem paradoxical, especially considering Justice Thomas's longstanding history of engagement with Black nationalism. Before delving into a career in public service, Thomas was deeply influenced by Black nationalist ideologies. Notably, political theorist Corey Robin’s book "The Enigma of Clarence Thomas" underscores how Thomas's perspectives on racial issues have stayed remarkably steady throughout his life.

Furthermore, Thomas's decision to join the Republican Party is deeply rooted in a profound distrust of white liberals and their so-called "social justice" agendas. His suspicion mirrors the sentiments of many Black activists from his era. The recent racial attacks from liberals following the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling only bolster Thomas's skepticism towards race relations, which aligns with the beliefs of several Black thinkers who had a significant impact on his ideologies.

Justice Thomas's journey towards conservatism was punctuated by events like the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., who was initially hopeful about white liberals but later conceded their limited commitment to genuine equality. By the time he enrolled at Yale Law School, Thomas had become staunchly militant about racial issues and highly skeptical of mainstream liberalism. Despite such a background, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently described Thomas as someone always filled with "grievance," "anger," and "resentment."

Thomas himself has clarified that his grievances lie mainly with white, liberal elites who consider themselves superior. Black economist Thomas Sowell's writings also played a pivotal role in helping Thomas solidify his political beliefs, which often challenge the "white savior" complex prevalent among liberals.

Thomas's judicial rulings, including his stance on the Second Amendment and abortion, reflect his deep-rooted beliefs. He has consistently argued against abortion, citing its historical links to racial eugenics programs heavily promoted by white liberals. His skepticism towards current pro-choice advocates is evident, as he believes they employ the same misleading rhetoric.

The sharp criticisms Thomas faces today, ironically in the guise of social justice advocacy, only prove the concerns Black nationalists have expressed for years. These criticisms underscore that many self-proclaimed liberal "allies" are steeped in their own racial biases and use causes like Black rights to further their agendas.


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