In the essays below, Truthout contributor William Rivers Pitt calls for Thomas’ impeachment on ethics violations and Alexis Garrett Stodghill in the Atlanta Post, looks at the harshness of Thomas’ brand of justice. So now Clarence Thomas is under a cloud for ethics violations. When he was just beating up on Black people, nobody seemed to have much trouble with him, other than to tsk-tsk at his insensitivity. But he is more than insensitive. As former U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. (now deceased) famously said, Thomas possesses “a level of racial self-hatred that is clinically observable.”
When Clarence Thomas was nominated to the court in 1991, Professor Charles Ogletree was asked by the NAACP to investigate his legal career. Ogletree’s 30-page report determined the NAACP’s vote of “no confidence” for the nominee on the basis that his past judicial rulings were antithetical to the organization’s principles. Thomas’ rulings as a Supreme Court Justice have certainly proven the accuracy of Ogletree’s analysis.
Thomas has been unremitting in his denial of rights to defendants and uncaring about proof of innocence in capital cases. And he has shown a special contempt for his “brothers.”
But mental instability, at least on the order of being a self-hating African-American, is not considered grounds for impeachment but ethics violations certainly are. It’s a long shot, but at least there is hope. David Mark Greaves
Clarence Thomas Must Go
Thursday 23 June 2011
by: William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed
Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.
– Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart
For the sake of full disclosure, I will tell you that I do not like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In my opinion, he has no business sitting on the high court after the reprehensible treatment he forced Anita Hill to endure, and has been a disgrace to the bench these last twenty years. To read more
Clarence Thomas: 20 Years on Bench Reveals Harsh Judgement History
By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
As Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas nears his twentieth anniversary of service, his tendency towards extreme conservatism is coming under examination. Thomas, as an African-American male from a self-professed difficult background, has been found to be the least sympathetic justice to either blacks or the disadvantaged when considering cases. The man is known for his strict belief that criminal acts should be punished with the full force possible regardless of mitigating circumstances. To read more