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  •  This particular diary is really (0+ / 0-)

    lacking in its analysis.

    Why does Thomas think the way he does?

    What makes him the man he is today?

    Your article gives very little clue to that.

    I arrange, design, and sell shrubberies...

    by Roger the Shrubberer on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 05:41:37 PM PDT

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      I didn't want to make it even longer when it was a wrap up of my series on Obama (the original draft was MUCH longer). But he was raised in rural Georgia by his grandfather, abandoned by his real father, worked to the bone to instill a work ethic, you could almost say it was child abuse, went to Catholic school, tried seminary, dealt with racism, participated in the Civil Rights Movement, fostered a hatred for white people, himself and some black people, married, became an alcoholic, made little money, benefited from Affirmative Action at Yale, but hated himself for it and hence hated the program because he felt it meant that you could not do your job, divorced. Was miserable for a long time, then got appointed to the Supreme Court.

      But I would have never got to my point about issues between Thomas and other blacks and Barack Obama. But you're right. I could have tried to work that back in there somehow.

      Now with 35 percent more snark!

      by blacksnob on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 05:50:33 PM PDT

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        experiences, and don't end up conservative, or on the supreme court.

        He doesn't seem to like his past experiences, (and could be described as bitter about them), but he doesn't seem to be an angry person about the present.

        He seems to be a very interesting, but complex person.

        I arrange, design, and sell shrubberies...

        by Roger the Shrubberer on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 06:00:15 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah, Clarence is deep. (3+ / 0-)
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          He's a fascinating study. But I do think it was those events and his personal interpretation of them that shaped his world view.

          Like integration did destroy the black community in many urban areas. So some, like Thomas, concluded that integration was unnecessary to some extent. Others would argue separate but equal had existed for decades and more black families were poor then than there are now with integration.

          There are logical ways to come to the differing conclusions. I think Thomas, who was a quiet, outsider guy to begin with, really internalized a lot of this and his hurt and came up with this particular view.

          Now with 35 percent more snark!

          by blacksnob on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 06:06:20 PM PDT

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    •  And he was also influenced by ... (2+ / 0-)
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      The writings of Booker T Washington and Thomas Sowell.

      Now with 35 percent more snark!

      by blacksnob on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 05:51:40 PM PDT

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