CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1991
Like Clarence Thomas, I grew up in poverty, just in a different location--a farm in Nebraska. We had no indoor plumbing, and carried our water in a bucket from a well. I went barefoot all summer, and walked barefoot down unpaved country roads to a one-room country school until winter came. I grew up and went to college, supported myself with part-time jobs and went on to a successful career. I am also a good person. But this history alone does not make me a good candidate for the Supreme Court of the United States.
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."
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.
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.
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.