Thomas flap shows small-mindedness

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The Clarence Thomas controversy has taken this community by storm. It just points out how divided blacks are, and how much hate there is for one among us who dares to be different.

Blacks talk about diversity and how important it is to value differences. This is all I heard at Savannah River Site. Yet we are the last ones to put this concept into practice. We still think and act as if we are a monolithic group of people. We do not allow freedom of thought or speech different from the prevailing views of the so-called leaders in the community.

Recently in the media, well-known blacks in Augusta spoke out against Justice Thomas being the keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony of the new court facility next spring in honor of the late Judge Jack Ruffin. These blacks indicated that they were protecting Judge Ruffin's legacy, which was in direct opposition to Justice Thomas' judicial philosophy.

I do not see where having Justice Thomas speak at the ceremony is a threat to the legacy of Judge Ruffin. In fact, I think it would do more for the legacy than having anyone else, outside of the president, speak at this occasion. Both Thomas and Ruffin reached the pinnacle of their respected positions in government.

What I do see, though, from these so-called leaders, is small-mindedness and selfishness. I see a lack of diversity. I see people who want to stay stuck in the past. I see bitterness and an unforgiving spirit. I also see people who think that their absence from the ceremony will be a positive thing, which is absurd.

It is one thing to disagree with Justice Thomas' court decisions, but another thing to hold him in utter contempt, disrespect and disdain. In fact, it is downright childish. And if this is how Judge Ruffin felt about Justice Thomas, he, too, was just as small-minded as those who are now speaking up for him.

But I cannot believe that a man who had risen as high as Judge Ruffin had in the legal profession could have had the attitude his friends said he had concerning Justice Thomas -- or anybody, for that matter. That is a sign of immaturity.

These people who say they speak for Ruffin enjoy the status quo and do not want to move forward. They are stuck in the past and will do everything they can to keep the rest of us there. Misery loves company.

But in spite of their rants, let us move forward and take advantage of the diversity this country affords -- even the right to be different and not devalued for that difference.

Grady Abrams

Martinez

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DanK
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DanK 09/21/10 - 02:04 am
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Yes, whites need to step up

Yes, whites need to step up and defend Uncle Tom.

Tigger__The_Tiger
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Tigger__The_Tiger 09/21/10 - 04:28 am
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Wow.....Dank said it all. If

Wow.....Dank said it all. If you don't act and believe they way he does, you are an Uncle Tom.

Real pillars of tolerance and intelligence.

ConcernedTaxpayer
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ConcernedTaxpayer 09/21/10 - 05:48 am
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I agree with Mr. Abrams

I agree with Mr. Abrams totally. Very well written and accurate.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/21/10 - 05:50 am
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The shallowness of DanK's

The shallowness of DanK's comment and that of the dissenting black "leaders" shows Grady Abrams is on the right track. Family friends who spoke up for Judge Ruffin said the shallow and negative comments against Judge Thomas DIDN'T represent the thinking of Ruffin, but the "yes, massa" thinking of the older blacks that still know their place.

Mr Abrams stated the right approach for those who wish to grow out of the institutional slavery of the past 5 decades.

"A man should not be judged by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character." One size doesn't fit all.

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Dixieman 09/21/10 - 06:28 am
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Amen. Justice Thomas is a

Amen. Justice Thomas is a brilliant man and a great judge.

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slippery 25 09/21/10 - 06:29 am
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Well said, Grady. Let"s move

Well said, Grady. Let"s move on.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/21/10 - 07:25 am
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I like the man....let him say

I like the man....let him say his piece please.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/21/10 - 07:40 am
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Thank you for your letter,

Thank you for your letter, Mr. Abrams. There are many good thoughts in there.

chascush
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chascush 09/21/10 - 08:19 am
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TTT, ‘Wow.....Dank said it

TTT, ‘Wow.....Dank said it all. If you don't act and believe they way he does, you are an Uncle Tom.’
The real problem is Dank is just repeating what he has been taught for years by DUMocrats and many black leaders. They have been teaching racism, hate and bigotry in black communities for years.
All in the name of so called ‘social justice’. If you don’t know what that means call Hussein he can tell you.

dani
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dani 09/21/10 - 09:19 am
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I think I like Grady Abrams.

I think I like Grady Abrams. He doesn't have his head in the wrong place.

dani
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dani 09/21/10 - 09:20 am
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And Mr Abrams that is the

And Mr Abrams that is the truth if I ever heard it.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 09/21/10 - 09:27 am
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No, Justice Thomas isn't a

No, Justice Thomas isn't a great judge nor brillant. He's a Scumbag. The man doesn't write opinions nor say anything since being on the court. He is a robot, that 's all---nothing else.

dani
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dani 09/21/10 - 09:32 am
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rozzie...aren't you lonely

rozzie...aren't you lonely way out there.

soldout
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soldout 09/21/10 - 09:45 am
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good letter; blacks can

good letter; blacks can choose to love each other or hate and destroy each other. "If living right, is being too white" there is no hope for the those.

So crates
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So crates 09/21/10 - 10:32 am
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What flap?

What flap?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/21/10 - 10:36 am
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Socrates, you can go to the

Socrates, you can go to the top of this web page to the "search bar" and type in "millender" and "tracy" — then click the search button. You will get the article that started the flap.

Chillen
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Chillen 09/21/10 - 11:02 am
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Thank you Mr. Abrams.

Thank you Mr. Abrams. Somebody's gotta say it and you said it well!

BobG
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BobG 09/21/10 - 11:07 am
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It's easy for Rozzie to post.

It's easy for Rozzie to post. It seems to me that he just cuts and pastes from his old entries and changes a name here and there. At least, that way he can get credit for recycling. Rozzie - You really shouldn't call people you don't know a "scumbag", that's just not nice...

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gaspringwater 09/21/10 - 11:21 am
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Thomas is black, a Georgia

Thomas is black, a Georgia native, a conservative and a Republican appointee to the Supreme Court. There's not a wide field of black conservatives for Republicans to choose from. The American Bar Association was divided on the question of whether he was qualified or not qualified when he was appointed. Rightly or wrongly he was accused of harassing a female employee. Thomas is considered a lightweight intellectual on the court and he's authored more minority opinions than any other justice.

He's a black in a high position but not highly envied in the black community. Something like Republican Attorney General Alberto Gonazles, a Latino but they don't talk about him.

Darby
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Darby 09/21/10 - 11:22 am
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I'd like to thank Rozzie for

I'd like to thank Rozzie for prodding me with regard to Justice Thomas. I did a Bing and Google search and found that he (Thomas) has written more than three hundred and fifty opinions since his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Since Justice Thomas has obviously written, the onus is now on Rozzie to give some effort to reading.... Try it, you'll like it!

Chillen
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Chillen 09/21/10 - 11:25 am
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ha-ha-ha Darby. Pesky little

ha-ha-ha Darby. Pesky little facts ALWAYS get in the way of liberal comments.

BobG
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BobG 09/21/10 - 11:32 am
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Gaspring.... What is it with

Gaspring.... What is it with Libs and their total intolerance toward minorities who don't toe the Democratic party line? Conservative women have been called "whores" at NOW meetings, Blacks are consistently referred to as "Uncle Toms", and Hispanics.... just last week Harry Reid said that no self respecting Hispanic would vote Republican. Lotta Lib hatred out there. Somebody might need some anger management training.....

BobG
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BobG 09/21/10 - 11:42 am
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In recent years the American

In recent years the American Bar Association has consistently given lukewarm endorsements to conservative judicial appointees. That's not going to change, given the close financial link between the Democrat party and the ABA. As for the accusation by Anita Hill, let's not forget that she followed him around from job to job like a little puppy until he moved on. Then she showed her true colors and turned on him. He rightly called the attacks on him a "high tech lynching" and promptly shut down the illegitimate assault on his nomination.

Real leadership and character in Justice Thomas and Libs just can't stand that in a Black man. Doesn't fit their profile.....

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 09/21/10 - 04:40 pm
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I don't often agree with Mr

I don't often agree with Mr Abrams but this time he gets it right. This should be a celebration of achievement on the part of BOTH men. It should NOT be an occasion for childish "footstomping" It's a shame that the people who are proud of Judge Ruffin can't also be proud of Judge Thomas. It sometimes seems the black community could use a few more heroes and IMO both men fit the bill.

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gaspringwater 09/21/10 - 05:37 pm
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BobG - Your right about a lot

BobG - Your right about a lot of anger out there. What does Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck say about it. They're conservative trend setters.

Beck has said Obama and his administration are communist, radical, scary, frightening, anarchist, Marxist, Maoist, terrorist, mafioso, Stalinist, fascist, Saddam-esque, Internalionalist, youth-indoctrinating, racist, Black Liberationists looking for reparations and hating white-culture, Hitler idolizing Brownshirts, Muslim, the Anti-Christ, Grandma murderers, and cigarette smoking Gangster Manchurian candidates out to rob, rape and murder everything good about America.

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justthefacts 09/21/10 - 05:49 pm
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It is not that simply. I know

It is not that simply. I know Libs wish it was. Jimmy Carter has stated that the country has never been so divided. You give way too much credit to talk show host with viewer-ships in the 4 mil range. Nope, the credit for this great divide goes to President Obama.

Tigger__The_Tiger
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Tigger__The_Tiger 09/21/10 - 07:12 pm
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Gasp....can you refute any of

Gasp....can you refute any of that?

usafvet
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usafvet 09/21/10 - 09:09 pm
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Darn, did Beck leave out

Darn, did Beck leave out SOCIALIST? Shouldn't have.

BobG
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BobG 09/21/10 - 09:40 pm
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Actually Gaspring.... Beck

Actually Gaspring.... Beck said exactly none of that. (He has pointed out that several of Obama's "czars" have, on the record, and on video tape, proudly admitted to being socialist and even communist.) You obviously haven't watched more than a few minutes of his show (or listened to his radio program.) You really add nothing to honest debate when you bring your hatred of all things conservative into the dialog. The closest Beck has ever come to any of the outpouring of vitriol you describe is to point out that Obama himself wrote that in college he "sought out" those with a communist or socialist bent. Why do I even try to address people like you rationally? Sometimes I just think I have a masochistic nature.

Darby
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Darby 09/21/10 - 09:52 pm
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"Obama himself wrote that in

"Obama himself wrote that in college he "sought out" those with a communist or socialist bent."

Wow! could have been worse, he might have sought out witches to "hang with" when he was 15 and in high school..... I feel deprived, we didn't have witches when I was in high school. Wait, there was this one girl....

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