November 4, 2011 |
Like many high-profile black conservatives, Herman Cain has relished his role as a racial contrarian. Cain grew up in the segregated South and came of age during the struggles of the civil rights movement. Yet he bridles at the notion that because he is black, he should be a Democrat, or that he is some kind of race traitor because of his ultraconservative ideology. "I have been called 'Uncle Tom,' 'sellout,' 'Oreo,' 'shameless," Cain often tells his overwhelmingly white audiences as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1991
The subheading on Shelby Steele's article reads "The liberal policy of redress may have aided his development. But self-help put him in the position to benefit." Actually, what put him in the position to benefit was the education he received from schools run by the Catholic Church, another "liberal" operation that worked to reverse the damages caused by racial oppression many decades before affirmative action, and certainly during the time of Clarence Thomas' childhood in Pin Point, Ga. Revealing evidence as to where Shelby Steel is coming from is his use of the word liberal seven times in the last three paragraphs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1991
The elitist organizations claiming to represent blacks, women, labor, etc. are more representative of the people who fund them than the people they claim to represent ("Endorsement of Thomas Sparks Rift in NAACP," Part A, Aug. 9). These groups are led by well-educated leftists with a personal stake in strong central control of their "constituents." This explains the tendency of the left toward the vigorous enforcement of politically correct thinking. I challenge the statement of Times staff writer Andrea Ford that the national board of the NAACP waited until after its national convention to vote on Thomas' nomination "until it had looked further into Thomas' background."
October 16, 1991 |
Key dates of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas' effort to win confirmation by the Senate. June 27: Thurgood Marshall, the only black to ever serve on the Supreme Court, announces his retirement. July 1: President Bush, in Kennebunkport, Me., nominates Clarence Thomas, 43, a federal appeals court judge, to replace Marshall. Thomas, a black conservative, is soon opposed by many civil rights and women's groups. Sept.
November 11, 2011 |
For Herman Cain, the comparisons to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas have shifted from implied to explicit after a joke the candidate made about Thomas accuser Anita Hill. According to Fox News, Cain was at a campaign event in Michigan on Thursday when someone in the crowd brought up Hill. Cain replied, laughing, “Is she going to endorse me?” ( Watch video below .) The group surrounding Cain - almost all men by the look of the video - guffawed. It was 20 years ago this year that Thomas was embroiled in a bitter fight on Capitol Hill after Hill emerged late in his confirmation process to accuse of him of sexual harassment.
May 31, 1996 |
The school superintendent in Landover, Md., reversed himself and said he will reinvite Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to speak at a middle school award ceremony. "There is always room for compromise on an issue such as this," said Prince George's County School Supt. Jerome Clark. Earlier this week--after opposition from three school board members--Clark rescinded the invitation that the school's principal had extended to Thomas.