The Discerning Texan
All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
-- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Mary Katherine Ham--and some other reporters--have a conversation with Clarence Thomas:
Thomas still calls the interest groups who set upon him during his 1991 confirmation hearing “clowns,” but chuckles at the media’s assertion in early reviews of his book that he is still so “angry” about Anita Hill.You will want to read the whole thing.
“They don’t know me. How do they know I’m angry?”
He knows well the media’s and his political enemies’ tendency to create a picture of him that is not always accurate and sometimes recklessly unfair. He noted that in all of his travels, all of his speeches, he’s never had a negative incident. There have been protests—“The black law professors at the University of North Carolina law school walked out, but whoop-dee-do. If you’re so smart, why don’t you stay to talk?”—but even those protests have been trumped up to a great extent by media.
Thomas talked of a commencement speech he gave at the University of Georgia’s law school while I was an undergrad there. His appearance and the protests by law school faculty were reported on extensively before the event, but Thomas laughs heartily when he remembers he was greeted by about three protesters.
“It’s always the faculty. You can count on it. It’s never the students,” he said.
A more common response at his speeches is that of an older black man he met at an Atlanta speech who came up to him afterwards, visibly moved.
“I came here prepared not to like you, but they’ve been lying about you,” the man said.
But he can’t meet every student, can’t correct every misperception in person, so he wrote his story down.