Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Is it time for Clarence Thomas to go home?
Can a brother get a redo? I mean, can we find another black man to replace Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court?
Don’t take that the wrong way. I’m way past believing all black people should act and think the same. I’m all for a person standing autonomous from others. I can’t throw those stones at Thomas without jeopardizing my on desire to say what I want, when I want and how I want – so help me God.
We all have the right to speak our mind, fight for our passion and challenge anyone willing to block our independence. I get that. Do you brother Thomas. He has a right to remain stubborn and detached from all things black. I have no issue with his wife waving the Tea bag flag. She has a right to fight against big government, and he has a right to believe the man he’s looking at in the mirror isn’t black.
Someone tell him it isn’t so.
His record is clear. If it looks black, smells black or sounds black – vote no. That’s his business.
My problem with Thomas is what he represents. He’s the only black man on the Supreme Court. Excuse me for saying it, but that comes with a high level of accountability. It’s a position that was paid for with blood, jail time, fire hoses and vicious dogs biting kids in the behind. There’s a history connected to his position, and, sorry to say it, Uncle Thomas needs to honor the legacy of those who came before him.
I know, I know. I hear the pounding hearts of the critics of that statement. Thomas and his cohorts squabble that the law is color blind. The responsibility of the high court, they say, is to uphold the law of the land. I embrace that notion, but wasn’t Thomas placed on the court to continue the legacy of Thurgood Marshall? Wasn’t it his background in Civil Rights that landed him the gig?
Given why he’s there, you would think that Thomas would evaluate the law from the lens of his cultural identity. Isn’t that what all of the justices do? His placement on the court, along with everyone else, is to maintain a balance in the way the law is interpreted. The law is a fluid business. Views change in time. It shifts and turns based on adjustments of public perception. The law has to be monitored from the context of real lives. The interpretation of law can’t be limited to the privileged class.
America belongs to all of us.
So, what happens when the black man on the high court doesn’t care about black people? What are the deeper implications related to not having that voice on the court? Does it matter? Does anyone care? Isn’t the management of the law reliant on those with a deep sensitivity to the voice of those living with the outcomes of those rulings?
Black America needs a redo. Thomas doesn’t speak for the underprivileged. He is the most conservative on the high court. He never speaks. We always know how he will vote. He’s an embarrassment to those who know the struggle. How did it come to this? We want to be proud of Thomas. We can’t. We can’t be proud of one who hates his own people.
How can I say that? Look at the way he votes.
He has every right to be a conservative. I support that coming from anyone standing on American soil. It’s why I love being an American. We have that as a right, but this is not about individual rights. This is about his responsibility as a member of the Supreme Court.
If he refuses to be considerate of how the law impacts the people he has been placed on the court to represent, go home. Go home and live your life of privilege. Go home and fight for a more conservative government. Run for office. Become more vocal. Do that. Have fun with believing America will be better due to those views.
But, don’t use that coal black hue to step into that privilege while claiming you climbed the mountain on your own. You got there after Martin’s dream. A. Philip Randolph organized to help get you there. Don’t forget sister Sojourner and Mary McCloud Bethune. They paved those streets you now walk on every day. They paved them with tears and suffering. They marked the territory that you assume belongs only to you.
Yes, I want a redo. This dude refuses to get it, and it’s time to stop pretending. You don’t belong to us, so stop acting like you’re part of the family.
We kicked to you out when Anita Hill spoke truth.