Why Joe Biden Thinks Clarence Thomas & Malcolm X, Ain’t Black

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Juan Williams wrote an interesting piece about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the Hill this morning. Yes, it’s hard to believe that Juan Williams writes anything interesting to a morally conservative mind. But to be fair to Williams, despite his political beliefs, his article can hardly be described as a hit piece on the man, many declare “the most conservative supreme court justice, today.”

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is known as the most conservative on the bench.

Williams recalls his first run ins with a younger Thomas. “When I met Clarence Thomas in 1980, I never thought that 40 years later he’d be described as “Trump’s favorite” Supreme Court justice,”; writes Williams, which plays into the wider theme of “African Americans”, and why many assume (unfortunately rightly); that their vote as a political bloc within the framework of U.S. politics, is guaranteed support for the Democrat Party; no matter how bad things are under Democrat stewardship.

Williams goes on: “After all, a poll earlier this year from the Washington Post and IPSOS found 83 percent of black people think President Trump is a racist. So, what does that say about Justice Thomas?” My point exactly about the “African American” vote.

As the Fox News cohost remembers it: “The man I met recited Malcolm X’s radical speeches from memory and had black nationalist views. He believed it is best for black people to take care of themselves instead of waiting for government help or pushing for integration with white people.”

A description which pretty much fits Thomas’ politics throughout his career. So why are his current pro Trump views so puzzling to Williams? He never quite makes it clear in his piece. At least not to me. You see, even though he’s no longer as ardent a follower or subscriber to the “black” nationalism put forth by Malcolm X back in the day; Thomas’ politics still reflect the influence of the former Nation of Islam firebrand; who once stated: “The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the “smiling” fox. One is the wolf, the other is a fox. No matter what, they’ll both eat you.”

It is obvious to anyone paying attention, that Thomas views the Democrat party and the “white liberal” in general, as Malcolm X views them: that is, as a smiling fox; far more dangerous than a growling wolf.

Thomas’ politics of the self-dependent “African American”, was clear back when Williams met him, as they remain today. They were palpably made during the Senate Committee hearings over his Supreme Court nomination back in 1991. In response to questions over his alleged sexual assault of female staffer Anita Hill, Thomas stated the following: “This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.

An awe inspiring moment in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court and in “African American” history. Said Thomas rightly of his nomination hearings: “This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace.

That Senator Joe Biden was the lead clown of the Clarence Thomas described circus, is far from coincidental; and puts his “you ain’t black” comments in perspective. Biden hasn’t just discovered his disdain for all things “black conservative.” He’s always seen “blacks” as an unthinking voting bloc, that owes its fealty to the Democrat party. Anything short of absolute loyalty, is met with open disdain and dismissal. A stark illustration of Malcolm X’s smiling fox, white liberal analogy. A fox, which if crossed by a “conservative black”, quickly and frighteningly transforms into a leering devil; a ravenous wolf, with murder written on his growling face.

But for anyone who’s “black” or identifies that way, or has been classified that way; the focus ought not to remain on Joe Biden, or on how any “white” person feels about “blacks”. No. The focus ought to be on the barbaric way the vast majority of “blacks” have treated Clarence Thomas and have treated their own.

To Thomas, and to many conservatives (who are “black”); the best any political party can do, is to allow “blacks” the leeway to build their own, and rise and fall with their own decisions. To be able to blame politicians on merit, and not on race. To be able to blame the police force on merit and not on race. To be able to provide as “black” men, for their families and raise them without having to put a hand out for favours from men of other races. To be able to praise or blame ourselves depending on what we do and how we do it; irrespective of how anyone outside views it.

For deigning to think and speak those things, Clarence Thomas has been brutalised (not only by the white liberal smiling fox); but especially by “blacks”. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air show comes to mind; which decided to use Thomas as the butt of unfair jokes, on more than one episode.

So is it any wonder Biden feels comfortable looking a “black” man in the eye and telling him “you ain’t black” if you vote for Trump? Compare what “African Americans have said about the second “black” Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history, to what they’ve had to say about Biden in the aftermath of Biden’s “gaffe”. That alone will speak to some of the real issues “African Americans” have with themselves.


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