“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-ending stream. —Amos 5:24
The Birth of Justice Clarence Thomas,
June 23, 1948
he Supreme Court has always been a political football, with the party in power seeking to perpetuate its beliefs and constitutional theories through SCOTUS appointments. The Court reflects certain views of their own power, limited only by having to pass muster with the Senate. Either impeachable bad behavior or death forces removal from the Court, the latter being by far the most common means of leaving the Court. The political left will stop at nothing to prevent a new member of the Court with “Original Intent” views. They pulled out all the stops when Clarence Thomas was nominated for Justice in 1991, as a black candidate, following the death of the liberal black member of SCOTUS, Thurgood Marshall.
Justice Clarence Thomas (1948-)
Justice Thomas was born June 23, 1948 in Pin Point, Georgia, near Savannah. His family were descendants of West-African slaves and still spoke Gullah, which is a mixture of English and African words, some of which trace to the 17th Century. His father left when he was two years old and his mother earned pennies a day as a maid. Their house burned down, leaving the family homeless, and Clarence moved to Savannah to live with his mother’s parents where, for the first time, he had regular meals and indoor plumbing. At the age of ten, Thomas worked sunrise to sunset on a farm with his grandfather who counseled “don’t ever let the sunrise catch you in bed.”
Pin Point Heritage Museum in Pin Point, Georgia, birthplace of Justice Thomas
Clarence Thomas went to Catholic parochial schools for his entire boyhood formal education, and for his B.A. attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Having grown up speaking Gullah, Thomas majored in English literature to “conquer the language” in college. He graduated in 1971 cum laude, having proven himself an accomplished and hard-working student. His boyhood culture and his formal education gave him a rather conservative Christian outlook on life, which was reinforced when he witnessed leftist campus riots in the 1960s. Thomas earned his Juris Doctor degree at Yale, finishing in the middle of his class. He had difficulty finding a position in a law firm because they tended to assume his Yale bona fides were a result of affirmative action rather than actual intellectual prowess.
The library and reading room at Yale Law School