Thursday, November 03, 2005

Milwaukee Paper: Clarence Thomas Not a Real Black

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote: "In losing a woman, the court with Alito would feature seven white men, one white woman and a black man, who deserves an asterisk because he arguably does not represent the views of mainstream black America."

What is with liberals, anyway?

The editor is surprised readers interpreted this as the paper believing Thomas isn't "black enough."

Editor and Publisher summarizes the controversy (above).

Update: As I've pondered the issue further, I've wondered: would the paper have suggested that some of the white judges deserve an asterisk because they don't represent "mainstream white America"? Would they have suggested Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't represent "mainstream American women"? I think not.

And who decides what is "mainstream," anyway?


Blogger Ugly Naked Guy said...

Somebody commented elsewhere that the job of Supreme Court Justice is not a position that is meant to "represent" anybody. In a sense the constituent of the Supreme Court is the constitution. So if you want to play the race/gender game, you should ask yourself whether anybody other than white males is qualified to interpret and uphold a document written by white males.

11:04 PM  

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