“My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Ga., to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. …
“Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out.”
Justice Clarence Thomas, February 11, 2014
Race has always been a poisonous issue in American politics, and no wonder with one of the two major parties, the Democrat party, constantly using race hatred to whip up votes. In the 1960s the Democrats changed the nature of their racial appeals, but the tactic remained the same:
Rather than judging people by the content of their characters, America is more race obsessed now than ever:
We, as a nation, need to get beyond the politics of grievance, especially in regard to race. It may seem impossible to do, but it is also an essential thing to do.
“Whether one traces his Americanism back three centuries to the Mayflower, or three years of the steerage, is not half so important as whether his Americanism of to-day is real and genuine. No matter by what various crafts we came here, we are all now in the same boat.”
President Calvin Coolidge, 1925