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No turning back the clock to era of racism

Published: March 24, 2014 4:00 AM

Clarence Thomas said recently that Americans are more "sensitive" about race now than in the 1960s. What's so remarkable about this statement is that it neglects the fact that in the mid-1960s, when Clarence Thomas was a kid, you could get killed if you were a black person speaking about race.

Clarence Thomas has a long history of walking through doors and closing them behind him. He acknowledges no part that affirmative action played in his life, but he wants to close the door for others.

In the 1950s and '60s in the South or North racism was firmly entrenched and institutionalized. Black people were the subjects of frequent bias, including acts of hate and violence. Most black people understood that they just had to suffer through it and keep their thoughts to themselves or behind closed doors. To speak out and resist as an individual was to invite dangerous retribution or death.

Today, racism persists and is less overt, but two generations of civil rights protection have empowered black people, and other victims of discrimination, to be more outspoken, and not to just keep their mouths shut and bear the indignities.

We have elected twice a black man (President Barack Obama) to the highest office of our country, and this had offended the racists. In a variety of direct and indirect ways they are expressing their discontent. But something has changed in the past 60 years in America. Good people of all skin colors won't tolerate the racist stuff anymore. It is not acceptable, and racism will not be met with silence.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, now is the time to reach back and help someone. Perhaps help us keep our civil rights. We can't go back to the 1950s and '60s.

W. Frank Hairston, Ravenna Township

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little_r_republican Mar 26, 2014 12:49 PM

Racism is extremely profitiable business for many. Witness millionaires like Jessie Jackson, Al Frankin, Al Sharpton, C. Rangel, even obama and his preacher, Rev Wright...and nearly a millionaire Shela Jackson. They keep racism alive and the money keeps flowing into their pockets.

redleg6 Mar 24, 2014 3:23 PM

The left doesn't like black, white, or any minority folks who's opinions don't agree with theirs, such as Condolesa Rice, Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson, just to name a few black folks....

Quote: I'd grown up fearing the lynch mobs of the Ku Klux Klan; as an adult I was starting to wonder if I'd been afraid of the wrong white people all along - where I was being pursued not by bigots in white robes, but by left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony....ClarenceThomas

Quote: My grandfather was a man, when he talked about freedom, his attitude was really interesting. His view was that you had obligations or you had responsibilities, and when you fulfilled those obligations or responsibilities, that then gave you the liberty to do other things.
Clarence Thomas
Quote: And I don't think that government has a role in telling people how to live their lives. Maybe a minister does, maybe your belief in God does, maybe there's another set of moral codes, but I don't think government has a role....Clarence Thomas

Quote: It really bugs me that someone will tell me, after I spent 20 years being educated, how I'm supposed to think...Clarence Thomas

Quote:  We've talked more about civil rights after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, than we talked about it before 1964...Clarence Thomas.............................

Quote: From Dreams of My Father: "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites"...Barack Obama

Quote: From Dreams of My Father: "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."..Barack Obama




watchingthewatchers Mar 24, 2014 1:04 PM

"We have elected twice a black man (President Barack Obama) to the highest office of our country, and this had offended the racists."

Yes!  And STILL you continue to WHINE!  By the way, racists are who put this corrupt, degenerate racist in the White House.  Namely YOU and people like you who are too dumb to see that they are racists.  What do you call someone who votes BASED ON A PERSON'S RACE?   Apparently you aren't smart enough to realize that YOU are a racist?   This lends creedence to the claims of some white racists that certain races are not as intelligent as others.  One need look no further than the nearest affirmative action hired government employee or the nearest inner city for more damning evidence to support this claim.

Maybe you should stop being a racist yourself if you are SO concerned with ending it.  Maybe you can ask your racist occupant of the White House and his racist and corrupt Attorney General WHY they have yet to comment on the attacks by Obama's racist, punk, thug "sons" against innocent whites, including old men and old women?  Can't do that, Mr. racist?  Well, then your words will mean nothing when this hatred that you, Obama, Holder and Farraklan perpetuate blows up in your faces.  Just stay out of the way and don't put on the act of "calling for peace and racial harmony" when your side is being obliterated because by your racist voting and lack of concern for black thugs attacking innocent people, you have already shown what you are and where you stand.