I’m Sure They’d Be Glad To Buy It Back

Clarence Thomas says he keeps his law degree from Yale in the basement with a 15-cent price tag sticker on it. Seems he’s still angry that Yale’s admissions office decided to accept him back in the 1970′s because it took him a few months to find a job after graduation in 1974. He thinks it’s because he was an affirmative-action admission. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the less-than-great economic conditions in the early 70′s or the racism that permeated hiring practices at the time. Gee, maybe it was the giant-size chip on his shoulder that persists to this day.

Thomas says the white people at the law firms where he interned while at Yale didn’t believe he’d really earned his grades, and he blames that on affirmative action. What he refuses to see is that without affirmative action, the good to excellent students who happened to be black or female wouldn’t have had the same opportunities that the white males did. I hate to break it to him, but there is something inherently unfair in insisting that only the most exceptional blacks and women could be admitted to the top law schools when mere mortals of the white, male, and frequently well-connected variety were admitted without question.

Of course the white attorneys of the day doubted his intelligence and abilities. They had, for the most part, been raised to think blacks were inherently inferior. If Yale hadn’t given him the opportunity for an excellent legal education, he might not have been able to challenge their assumptions.

So apparently he’s still mad that the system in the 70′s was overtly racist — and that Yale tried to change that, giving him a hand up and a chance to prove himself in the process. He won’t even let the school hang his portrait along with other graduates who have become Supreme Court justices.

Justice Thomas, you are not an inferior black man who somehow fooled Yale and everyone else who ever gave you a shot. You are, however, a Whiny Ass Titty Babytm, and that designation knows no color. Get over it already.

13 Responses to “I’m Sure They’d Be Glad To Buy It Back”

  1. Songbird says:

    Did you hear our story about birth control at the middle school health center?

  2. Kathy says:

    Yeah, I don’t know how y’all get away with that common sense approach in the frozen north. Can’t imagine the screaming that would go on here.

  3. Del says:

    Was that what the column by Dykes or whosis, the “50 Rules” guy, was about? What a twit. He kept harping on “sex with eleven-year-olds” and then talked about eighth-graders. Uh, they’re 14, guy. BIG difference.

  4. Bill says:

    Clarence Thomas, martyr.


  5. Kathy says:

    It is pretty amazing that a man who made it from a poor family in Georgia to the Supreme Court of the United States would be whining about his life.

    Yes, Del, the middle-school birth control story is what Sykes was going on about. I guess he wants to slap those “11-year-olds” in prison. That’ll fix it. :(

  6. jim gundlach says:

    Let’s see, here is a member of the US Supreme Court who writes a book at what is probably mid-career. All he has to write about is the job interview! Does one need any more evidence of a lack of substance? I’d say it shows that the people who would not hire him out of law school knew what they were doing. It also says a lot about the people who hired him for his current position.

  7. It is ironic that affirmative action gave us Clarence Thomas, and that women’s liberation gave us Phyllis Schlafly. She went to law school at the age of 50, something she would not have been able to do if it were not for our fights for women’s rights. She doesn’t whine about it, though – probably because she’s a woman. We just don’t whine like men do.

  8. Kathy says:

    I love Phyllis — she uses the opportunity she’s been given to tell other women they shouldn’t capitalize on their opportunities.

    Jim, I’d guess George Bush I didn’t have a big pool of applicants when he was searching for a right-wing black jurist to nominate. Ironically, Thomas was likely the recipient of affirmative action based on his Republican party affiliation — something that George II has raised to a high art.

  9. Roy says:

    The best line that I heard about Clarence Thomas: He was so disgraced and humilated by the boost that affirmative action gave him up the ladder that he decided to pull the ladder up after him so no other poor black people would have to suffer the fate of earning a Yale law degree.

  10. Kathy says:

    That sounds about right.

  11. Bhmhomeboy says:

    Bush Senior appointed Clarence “Cry Baby” Thomas to the Supreme Court to give the middle finger to African Americans. His son appointed Alieto and Roberts to give the middle finger to American Women. Different Bush same Stuff.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Did the diploma have a pubic hair on it?

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