Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words
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I have long admired Clarence Thomas and like the author of this article, I didn't know very much about his life and background.

He has been the 'silent' one on the Supreme Court, he has never questioned from the bench, it is said. This is a nice little article about a film recently released about him. I suppose I'll have to wait and see if it turns up on Amazon Prime, or You Tube. It would be hard to get to a theater playing the film, but I'd like to hear how he took a similar political road as I did; coming from the radical left of the late '60s to a quite conservative right stance today.

Interesting primer this:


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Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words – Trailer
 
Few, including myself know much about Clarence Thomas beyond a few headlines and the recollections of his contentious Supreme Court confirmation battle with Anita Hill in 1991.
Last Friday, a film about his life was released: Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words. In it, Justice Thomas tells his entire life’s story, looking directly at the camera, unscripted and without narration. The documentary takes the viewer through this complex and often painful life, dealing with extreme poverty, race, faith, power, jurisprudence and personal resilience.

Justice Thomas is perhaps most well-known for being “reticent” during oral argument, going ten years without asking a question from the bench and a nearly seven-year streak of not speaking at all in any professional context, so the film provides a rare opportunity to hear from him directly.

Of his silence he’s explained, “The referee in the game should not be a participant in the game.” Another reason Thomas has given is self-consciousness about the way he speaks, having learned Gullah as his first language.

Gullah is a creole language spoken by an African-American population living in coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia, where he was born and raised. Gullah is closely related to Bahamian Creole and is based on different varieties of English and languages of West and Central Africa.

After attending Catholic seminary school, he went to college at Mount Holy Cross in Massachusetts, majoring in English Literature, to “conquer the language.”
During the 1960s, Thomas became a radical Leftist, participating in anti-Vietnam War rallies and chanting about freeing Angela Davis. He later underwent ideological whiplash, voting for Reagan in 1980, out of a desire to see an end to the “social engineering of the ’60s and ’70s.”

Thomas still seethes over the “high-tech lynching” of his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation battle, saying, “This is about the wrong kind of black guy, he has to be destroyed,” in reference to his being a Black Conservative.

The film was released last Friday at these theaters, before airing on PBS this spring.



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Wow, this is a bombshell. I'd love to see it. Thanks for the heads-up, Zedta.
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Zedta Wrote:
I have long admired Clarence Thomas and like the author of this article, I didn't know very much about his life and background.

He has been the 'silent' one on the Supreme Court, he has never questioned from the bench, it is said. This is a nice little article about a film recently released about him. I suppose I'll have to wait and see if it turns up on Amazon Prime, or You Tube. It would be hard to get to a theater playing the film, but I'd like to hear how he took a similar political road as I did; coming from the radical left of the late '60s to a quite conservative right stance today.

Interesting primer this:


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Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words – Trailer
 
Few, including myself know much about Clarence Thomas beyond a few headlines and the recollections of his contentious Supreme Court confirmation battle with Anita Hill in 1991.

Last Friday, a film about his life was released: Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words. In it, Justice Thomas tells his entire life’s story, looking directly at the camera, unscripted and without narration. The documentary takes the viewer through this complex and often painful life, dealing with extreme poverty, race, faith, power, jurisprudence and personal resilience.

Justice Thomas is perhaps most well-known for being “reticent” during oral argument, going ten years without asking a question from the bench and a nearly seven-year streak of not speaking at all in any professional context, so the film provides a rare opportunity to hear from him directly.

Of his silence he’s explained, “The referee in the game should not be a participant in the game.” Another reason Thomas has given is self-consciousness about the way he speaks, having learned Gullah as his first language.

Gullah is a creole language spoken by an African-American population living in coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia, where he was born and raised. Gullah is closely related to Bahamian Creole and is based on different varieties of English and languages of West and Central Africa.

After attending Catholic seminary school, he went to college at Mount Holy Cross in Massachusetts, majoring in English Literature, to “conquer the language.”

During the 1960s, Thomas became a radical Leftist, participating in anti-Vietnam War rallies and chanting about freeing Angela Davis. He later underwent ideological whiplash, voting for Reagan in 1980, out of a desire to see an end to the “social engineering of the ’60s and ’70s.”

Thomas still seethes over the “high-tech lynching” of his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation battle, saying, “This is about the wrong kind of black guy, he has to be destroyed,” in reference to his being a Black Conservative.

The film was released last Friday at these theaters, before airing on PBS this spring.

"The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." - G. K. Chesterton
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Fellow Fisheaters, here is a documentary about the Gullah language and people that Justice Thomas was raised up with. This is a fascinating look at a part of American culture that most folks don't know about.



And here is a PBS Now special report on the Gullah people and culture from 2013. (Apologies in advance for even having to link to anything PBS.)



I hope you enjoy these documentaries. Many thanks in advance.
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