Graduation speaker selection riles faculty

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Some University of Georgia faculty members are concerned having U.S Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as the institution's graduation speaker sends the wrong message after a year of sexual harassment scandals on campus.

The university announced Friday that Justice Thomas would be the commencement speaker, setting off rounds of angry and frustrated e-mails between faculty members.

Justice Thomas, a Georgia native, faced a bitterly contested confirmation process for his appointment to the Supreme Court in 1991 after his former employee, Anita Hill, accused him of sexual harassment.

Some faculty members said they were outraged that the university would ask Justice Thomas to speak when UGA has been facing criticism that administrators have been slow to address sexual harassment complaints filed against faculty members.

UGA spokesman Tom Jackson said Justice Thomas has a close relationship with the School of Law and has visited campus several times to give lectures.

"We're honored to have an associate justice of the Supreme Court bringing our commencement address," Mr. Jackson said.

At UGA, three professors have resigned since September because of sexual harassment complaints.

Last month, UGA President Michael Adams announced he is establishing three ombudsman positions to focus on the complaints and creating a women's center on campus.

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NEone
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NEone 04/22/08 - 04:24 am
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Bring him on! All the

Bring him on! All the charges were fabricated anyway. Let the man speak and quit dredging up lies from his "past".

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/22/08 - 05:48 am
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EVERYONE that saw the Thomas

EVERYONE that saw the Thomas confirmation hearings heard Anita Hill admit that all charges against Thomas were fabricated. Of course, the hard left press spent an entire year rewriting history concerning the hearings and convinced many not to believe their lying eyes. "The charges were more important then the truth". Now, some faculty are just trying to keep the black man down. Thomas is way above the babbling of fools. He's a wonderful choice for commencement speaker. (I suspect this article was written just to spark comment)

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Dixieman 04/22/08 - 06:31 am
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Faculty seriously needs to

Faculty seriously needs to grow up. But they won't. Liberal bias strikes again...

PantherPride
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PantherPride 04/22/08 - 07:10 am
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Many college professors are

Many college professors are super liberal. Are we surprised?

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/22/08 - 07:30 am
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He is an expert. Yes, stop

He is an expert. Yes, stop trying to keep this BLACK MAN DOWN. Free Clarence Thomas.

christian134
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christian134 04/22/08 - 07:46 am
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Hypo try not to be so

Hypo try not to be so tiresome this fine and wonderful day...patriciathomas I suspect you are right about this article....

griesella
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griesella 04/22/08 - 07:56 am
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The man is a conservative.

The man is a conservative. You can't have a conservative treading on the liberals' sacred ground. They are not trying to keep the black man down-to them this is white man.

justus4
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justus4 04/22/08 - 08:08 am
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Wow! What a slap at
Unpublished

Wow! What a slap at minorities & women. This guy is a complete loser and is used by conservatives to illustrate how "they" want minorities to behave. His selection to the Court, replacing a Civil Rights giant, Thurgood Marshall , was a complete finger in the eye for blacks. He was not qualified, writes poor decisions, and is a kinda Uncle Tom's Cabin individual. Bush #41 knew all this and installed this loser to continue the injustices of the past in a legal way. He is an example of "hating his blackness" and uses legal judgements to impact minorities & women negatively. The students should exercise their right to highlight his failures and protest the visit. His life and work provides a horrible example of being a black man in America. Example: he was admitted to Harvard by gov't program to get more minorities in universities, but he disagrees with affirmative action programs. He got his & but cares nothing about others. What an idiot! The NAACP should get involved to review his record and demonstrate his hatred of minorities through his decisions. The guy's appointment to the Court was a huge victory for white conservatives and set racial progress back by forty acres and a mule.

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stadry 04/22/08 - 08:14 am
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believe that's ' forty ',

believe that's ' forty ', justus,,, according to your sentiments, would that marion williams' name had appeared on the list of possible nominees.

griesella
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griesella 04/22/08 - 08:18 am
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O-MY-GOD. How out of touch

O-MY-GOD. How out of touch is the wheel of justuce. You oughta be ashamed of your poor self. I had heard that blacks students poke fun at their contemparies if they try to make good grades in school, that they are tormented and called unclel toms and accused of trying to be white. (JUST because a blakc child wants to learn).I guess it was not just stories but actual facts. I hope black families are keeping their children far away from justus,because they might end up like him, bitter and cruel.

Haddock
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Haddock 04/22/08 - 08:40 am
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Stadry you should get a job

Stadry you should get a job as a proof reader because you could do well at that. To bad you can't see what is happening in real life. Justus4 keep on telling the truth. There will always be those who will find something negative to say about whatever you say. The truth is sometimes hid. How can you be against affirmative action if you are really for helping anybody. The man is confused.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 04/22/08 - 08:43 am
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Athens like most college

Athens like most college towns is very liberal. There is someone almost daily on Main Street in front of the UGA Arches protesting the war, President Bush, any form of immigration control and all things conservative. Clarence Thomas is a great man who was proven innocent of all charge by the admission of his accuser. Truth is not nearly as important to young, liberal minds as perception. For that matter, mature liberal minds have trouble with this whole concept of truth.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/22/08 - 08:57 am
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Christian, I am getting a

Christian, I am getting a little tired of you and snide remarks towards everything I post. I know you like to amen everything your little Girlfriend post but I really can do without you little remarks. Seemslike you are trying to get personal.

rufus
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rufus 04/22/08 - 08:59 am
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Go to www.boortz.com and

Go to www.boortz.com and check out his commencement speech

griesella
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griesella 04/22/08 - 08:59 am
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Just because affirmative

Just because affirmative action has out-lived it's time, is no reason to be bitter. The nation has out-grown this crap..In todays society it is not needed. In Clarence Thomas' day, it had some good things going for it. Keep up...Good things are open to all if they want to move forward.

shivas
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shivas 04/22/08 - 09:04 am
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Let him speak. A better

Let him speak. A better guest would be Dr. Louis Satcher who was Surgeon General from 99-2003??? I heard him a few weeks ago and the man is inspiring in every way. Nonetheless, Clarence Thomas should be good for a few laughs.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/22/08 - 09:06 am
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When did Anita Hill " Admitt

When did Anita Hill " Admitt to lying"? I missed that part.

GAlawyer
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GAlawyer 04/22/08 - 09:07 am
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Thomas is Scalia's puppet. He

Thomas is Scalia's puppet. He does not have his own opinion he lets Scalia make his mind up for him. To "JL" what does this have to to do with black kids making fun of others who want to learn. Nonody is making fun of Thomas because he is smart. He is a yes man and nobody likes a yes man except some white people who like it when blacks stay in their "place" and dont speak out against injustice. I made good grades in school and I was never made fun of. When I told my friends I was going to law school all of them congratulated me. And I have some friends who did not finish highschool. And they were just as proud when I passed the bar exam. I am not saying that what you say is not going on maybe on an elementary school level but for the most part our people encourage education on all levels. But we also encourage our kids to remember where you come from and to help others who are similarly situated as you once were. Not like Mr. Thomas.

thistownisunbelievable
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thistownisunbelievable 04/22/08 - 09:10 am
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Justus--why is it that Thomas

Justus--why is it that Thomas can't disagree with you (and what you presume to be the stance of the NAACP) without setting race relations "back 40 acres and a mule"? That sounds pretty intolerant to me. I though the left was supposed to be the side of tolerance. Why is it that the libs throw a temper tantrum and threaten to shout down any speaker with whom they disagree? Again, that doesn't sound like the tolerance they pay so much lip service to. This flap isn't about race, or Anita Hill--its about a thoughtful, conservative jurist that the left tried--and failed--to destroy because he didn't fit their mold. He is a great choice for grad speaker. Besides, even if you don't like the man, you need to respect his office.

griesella
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griesella 04/22/08 - 09:12 am
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I want to meet the man who

I want to meet the man who never reached out and touched and/or flirted with a woman in their office or workplace. I don't think one can be found. I worked for over 30 years, and I guarantee there is improper remarks and touching going on as a regular thing. No body cares, it's all in fun and not taken seriously. It can be a concern if an employee is discharged and the decides he/she wants to make a scene and a few million dollars.

thistownisunbelievable
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thistownisunbelievable 04/22/08 - 09:15 am
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GALawyer--You couldn't be

GALawyer--You couldn't be more wrong about Thomas not having his own opinions. You've read the Court's recent opinions. It seems to me that all 9 of them pretty much have their own take on just about everything, and seem to have the desire to write separate concurrences to just about every important decision. By the way, do you think that Ginsburg is Souter's puppet?

griesella
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griesella 04/22/08 - 09:18 am
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Thomas is just too quiet to

Thomas is just too quiet to be black,. he must be a white man in disguise.

weekapaug05
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weekapaug05 04/22/08 - 09:29 am
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"how 'they' want minorities

"how 'they' want minorities to behave" ... this is a very confusing statement to me. Aren't we all supposed to behave the same, you know, help out your fellow man, watch out for one another, be nice to your neighbor, etc.? Justice4 can you please clarify and explain how conservatives want minorities to behave and how minorities want to behave or are supposed to behave? Ever think that Justice T.C. is the way he is because he's an individual and made a conscience decesion to behave the way that he does as opposed to being a puppet as some say. From what you say I gather that women are supposed to behave a certian way, blacks are supposed to behave a certian way, hispanics are supposed to behave a certian way; and to me that's stereotyping and racist to think that the entirety of certian groups are to behave a certian way and if an individual doesn't fit the behaviorial mold then they are an "Uncle Tom" or turning your back on your people. I wonder what that makes Eminem ...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/22/08 - 09:37 am
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Maybe UGA could get Rev.

Maybe UGA could get Rev. Wright?

GAlawyer
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GAlawyer 04/22/08 - 09:40 am
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The recent opinions that you

The recent opinions that you are refer to are a few out of a thousand. Even if Thomas writes a concurring opinion it will still be along the same lines of whatever Sclaia said. Go back and look at any cases that have to do with race, discrimination, racial profiling, even gender, Thomas will always decide with Scalia. That side is usually on the side of justifying some egregious error that police made or justifying some form of discrimination. Also, I don't advocate any justive who cant form his or her opinion. Ginsburg's tendency to follow Souter may be just as bad. However, I bet she has not forgotten where she came from and the people who helped her get there. If there were a program to help Jews who were discrminated against she would not vote aginst it. The fact that Thomas follows Souter on just about everything is only a small part of the problem I have with him. This man completely ignores the fact that racism and discrimination is very alive today as it was when he was a law student. His choice to ignore this is a serious problem. I bet GW Bush will not say that he grandkids or great grandkids should "earn" their way into Yale. That is the real affirmative action.

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OPINIONATED 7 04/22/08 - 09:54 am
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Justus 4, you are right!

Justus 4, you are right! Thomas is a hypocritical puppet!

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 04/22/08 - 10:13 am
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How sad that Thomas, Condi, H

How sad that Thomas, Condi, H Cain and many others are put down by their own race. The main reason is that they are conservatives (with knowledge) and just don't go along with the Dim view of every topic. They are then called uncle toms. Why can't they be proud of the accomplishments of these people? The attitudes, negativity and lack of knowledge of the Dim followers are what makes them lose their credibility.

weekapaug05
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weekapaug05 04/22/08 - 10:21 am
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GAlawyer, most universities

GAlawyer, most universities give preferencial treatment to legacy students and no matter what school you apply to if the university knows you have a big wallet they're going to let you in cause they want some of that $$$ pumping into the school. So, GAlawyer, in your opinion what can be done to stop discrimination & racisim in America?

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yikes 04/22/08 - 10:47 am
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So many of you posters keep

So many of you posters keep harping about liberalism in our universities and colleges and fail to even comprehend that many of the conservative leaders in Georgia and the country were educated in the so-called liberal schools. Liberalism has become a word used liberally by conservatives and right wing republicans to denigrate democrats and progressives and paint them all with the taint of socialism and everything bad that has happened to our country but fail to acknowledge their own failures. Was it liberalism that was responsible for our war in Iraq, the economy and our gross national debt, the erosion of civil liberties and our reputation as a beacon to freedom and liberty in the world? Nope...those can be laid on the door step of the neocons, you know the neo-conservatives. Hell, I'm proud to have graduated from that liberal university in Athens and proud to be a liberal in thought and deeds.

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soldout 04/22/08 - 10:56 am
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You can't say folks won't

You can't say folks won't speak their mind? Praise the Lord we still have that freedom!

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