Listen, I’ll admit that we liberals do stupid things and that sometimes the things we think are going to help don’t. But, just because someone like Clarence Thomas gives voice to ideas that you think back up the notion that liberals do stupid things and something the things we think are going to help don’t, that’s no reason to throw common sense out the window.
So, here’s my suggestion. If someone, anyone, says something that seems contrary to common sense, would you please consider that either a.) that’s because it is contrary to common sense or b.) that person is misunderstanding the story she or he is telling you.
Consider this post from Nathan Moore.
Moore describes an interview with Clarance Thomas as follows, “In short, it is his view that progressives are more dangerous to blacks than southern racists, that their demand for ideological segregation is worse than the past policies of physical separation.” More describes this point of view as “Most compelling.”
Sadly, Nathan Moore is not an idiot, so I have no idea what his excuse is. But I’m dying to hear one.
Does Nathan Moore actually believe that there’s any validity to that notion?
Nathan Moore, I’m calling you out. Here are my questions for you:
1. Do you believe black people are unduly influenced by progressives? What do you think accounts for that? Are progressives trickier than conservatives? Can black people not think for themselves? Or are their minds just a hair weaker than the minds of white people?
2. Are you aware that southern racists used to kill black people? Beat them up? Rape them? Run them out of towns? Destroy their property? Racists right now beat up black people, rape them, and destroy their property. They still, occasionally kill people. I’m curious to know, when you hear Thomas say that progressives are worse than that and you find it most compelling, what do you mean? Are there progressive policies towards blacks that you think are worse than murdering them?
3. You are aware, are you not, that Judge Thomas is a Supreme Court Justice, which makes him one of the most powerful men on the planet? Doesn’t the fact that he sits on the highest court in the land suggest to you that the idea that progressives are keeping him down is a little weird?
4. I know it didn’t occur to Thomas, but did it occur to you that Thomas’s grandfather may have said, “The water’s exactly the same.” about drinking from a segregated water fountain as a coping mechanism? The separate fountains were designed to be a constant, humiliating, reminder of black people’s place in society. Finding ways to undermine that humiliation were crucial for a person to survive with his soul intact. Do you really believe that Thomas’s experiences in life–going from one high powered political position to the next–is somehow analogous to what his grandfather went through?
5. Or are you, perhaps, using “most compelling” to mean “very strange, considering the facts”?