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Clarence Thomas: Society Will Become 'Fatigued' With Everyone Playing a Victim

By    |   Saturday, 17 February 2018 05:33 PM

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, during a Library of Congress interview, slammed a culture of people who believe themselves to be victims of hardship.

Thomas made the observation in relating a story about a young black woman he had encountered. She said, ‘I’m really tired of having to play the role of being black. I just want to go to school.’ And I think at some point, we’re going to be fatigued with everybody being the victim,” Thomas said in the interview.

“When I was a kid, there were tons of people who were in really bad circumstances. My grandfather would not let us wallow in that… he never saw himself as a victim,” Thomas said.

The justice offered praise for his grandfather during the interview, calling him “the single greatest human being I have ever met.”

His grandfather never complained, despite years of hardship during his childhood.

“He would always say — he would have this saying. When you would want to whine or something, he would say, you know, you have to play the hand you’re dealt… if you’re dealt a bad hand, you still have to play it,” Thomas said.

He noted that a bust sits in his office with a quote from his grandfather. “Old Man Can’t is dead. I helped bury him,” the bust reads, Thomas said during the interview.

At another point during the interview, Thomas said that judicial nominees’ confirmation hearings have become “spectacles.”

“These are serious jobs, and they should be serious. I don’t think they should become spectacles. This is not the Roman Colosseum. We’re not gladiators,” Thomas said in the interview, the Washington Examiner reported.

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