Tuesday, September 12, 2023
John Blake: The myth is that many Black people oppose Thomas because they can't handle his stern calls for self-reliance and his admonishments to stop looking for free stuff from White people or government programs. According to the conventional story, Black people don't like Thomas because he is a Republican and a conservative"and because, according to Thomas in a fiery 1998 speech, he refused to be an "intellectual slave." But many Black people don't despise Thomas because he's a conservative. They reject him because they say he's a "hypocrite" and a "traitor" who hurts his own people to help himself.
But Black people don't have a problem with conservatives or Republicans. The late Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice both served in Republican presidential administrations as Black conservatives. Both are well-respected in the Black community. But Thomas is something else. Merritt says he actively hurts his own people by consistently voting to severely limit abortion rights.
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