In a speech earlier this week at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said that northern Liberals are far more racist than conservative Southerners. Thomas, currently the only black member of the Supreme Court, said his most memorable incidents of racism came in states typically classified as left-leaning.
“The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites,” he said. “The absolute worst I have ever been treated. The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia.”
Thomas also said that America has become more race-conscious than ever before in his life, which he believes makes it more difficult to address issues of class and racism in America. “We are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school,” he said. “Somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out. That’s a part of the deal.”
Of course, Thomas has also endured racism from Democrats. Last June, Minnesota state Rep. Ryan Winkler apologized after referring to Thomas as an Uncle Tom, declaring that he didn’t know the term had racist connotations.