Justice Clarence Thomas gave a talk at Duquesne Law School last month and did an interview in which he offered his perspective on Barack Obama being elected as the nation’s first black president. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that he was downright catty about it.
Asked if Obama’s election as the first black president came as a surprise, Thomas said it didn’t, claiming that he’d always believed a black person would become president one day. He went on to say, however, that Obama had only been elected because the president won over the elites and media, something Thomas argued most black people must do in order to advance.
“The thing that I always knew is that it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media, because anybody they didn’t agree with, they would take apart,” Thomas said in a clip that surfaced on Friday. “You pick your person. Any black person who says something that is not the prescribed things that they expect from a black person will be picked apart.”
Thomas’s comments have since been picked up by a number of outlets and are being considered by some as a subtle jab at Obama. Adam Winkler, a professor at the University of California School of Law, told Mother Jones that the remarks were out of character for a sitting Supreme Court justice.
“Thomas seems more interested in becoming a Fox commentator than preserving the integrity of the Court,” he said. “Justices should not take pot shots at the president. It’s beneath the dignity of the court.”
Thomas, like Sarah Palin, clings to and nurtures his sense of grievance like it was a newborn baby. And like Palin’s, it only seems to grow with time. And it is always amusing to me when conservatives talk about those mysterious and powerful “elites” as if they weren’t part of that group by any definition. Thomas is a supreme court justice, for crying out loud, one of the most powerful positions in the country and one that is held by very, very few people. There are 535 people in Congress right now; only 112 have been on the Supreme Court in the nation’s entire history. Elites, indeed.