Is Clarence Thomas Not Good Enough for Constance Slaughter-Harvey?

2009 August 6
tags: Clarence Thomas, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Sonia Sotomayor
by Brett

The Clarion-Ledger has a number of stories related to the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor today, and one of them features feedback from community members. One person who made a comment was Constance Slaughter-Harvey, an attorney from Forest who is considered a candidate for U.S. Attorney. She has known Rep. Bennie Thompson for years going back to there time together in college.

As you may expect, Slaughter-Harvey had nothing but good things to say about Sotomayor:

She, like former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, will be that beacon for many and a role model of aspiration, discipline, commitment, intellectual prowess and integrity.

One could assume that she mentioned Marshall because he was the first African-American justice, but she happened to leave out the second justice who happens to be African-American. I, of course, am talking about Clarence Thomas. Thomas, of course, does not fit the mold of the “minority” judge. Marshall, Sotomayor, etc. are (or were) down-the-line liberals which is the Democrat charactiture of a minority.

The interesting thing is Thomas has a compelling story that easily rivals Sotomayor. Born to the descendants of slaves in rural Georgia, Thomas became the first person in his family to attend college and eventually worked his way to the position he now holds.

It is too bad that his story isn’t good enough for someone like Constance Slaughter-Harvey.

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