May 11, 2009


Here's yet another example--sigh--of how bogus "identity politics" is. The identity always comes second to the politics, and the politics is always Leftist. This example is particularly sick, because someone is being turned on simple because she has a personal friendship with someone in the "enemy" camp.

Washington Post: Friendship With Conservative Thomas Complicates Supreme Court Chances for Georgia's Sears:

One day in the early 1990s, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas telephoned Leah Ward Sears to introduce himself. She was a rising star in Georgia's legal community, a relatively liberal black woman on the state's conservative Supreme Court. Thomas had read about political attacks against Sears and called to say he didn't like it.

"It affected her that he would take the time to comfort her in that situation," said Bernard Taylor, an Atlanta lawyer and longtime friend of Sears, now chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and a potential nominee to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. "They're still friends."

Many years after that phone call, the friendship that has endured makes for one of the more intriguing subplots of President Obama's upcoming decision. In naming Souter's replacement, Obama is likely to choose a liberal jurist. Some in the civil rights community are hoping that person will be an African American, such as Sears, to soothe the lingering bitterness over the appointment of Thomas, a conservative who is the court's only black justice.

But if the choice does turn out to be Sears, the nation's first black president would be nominating someone whose closest friend on the court is the very person civil rights activists have accused of failing to represent African Americans' interests....
...The Rev. Joseph Lowery, the longtime leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, quickly called Sears to congratulate her but also let her know that he would not attend her swearing-in [as Chief Justice] because Thomas would be there...

Yeah, how "Christian" is that?

...State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, also begged off. "I would have been a hypocrite to go up there, skin and grin, smile and shake hands," he said. His deep disdain for Thomas trumped pride in Sears's accomplishment. "[I] don't think we have any black people on the Supreme Court. It's not just the pigmentation of skin. It is philosophy, and even though Justice Thomas has our skin, he really does not vote the way African Americans would have him vote."...

The "philosophy" is to make blacks dependent on big government, so "Black Elected Officials" can stay on the gravy train. And to preserve racial polarization as a precious natural resource, one that justifies any sort of leftist power grab, or indoctrination.

Posted by John Weidner at May 11, 2009 7:05 AM
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