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Politics Biden judicial nominee criticized Clarence Thomas for being a 'black conservative'

08:10  13 june  2021
08:10  13 june  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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One of President Joe Biden 's judicial nominees criticized Justice Clarence Thomas for being a " black conservative " during his contentious 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Eunice Lee, whom Biden nominated for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, expressed annoyance These black conservatives , Lee added, believe that racism is not "much of an obstacle to black success." But when Thomas faced misconduct accusations during his confirmation hearings, Lee claimed that he changed his tune. Thomas , in his opening statement, famously called aggressive

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was targeted by a current judicial nominee for being a “ black conservative ” according to The Washington Examiner. President Joe Biden nominated Eunice Lee for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and it has come to light that she Lee reportedly wrote to the Ohio State University paper, The Lantern, saying that Thomas was only willing to acknowledge the truth about racism when it was convenient for him. The college student wrote at the time that Thomas is “one of that group of black conservatives who feel that black people

One of President Joe Biden's judicial nominees criticized Justice Clarence Thomas for being a "black conservative" during his contentious 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

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Eunice Lee, whom Biden nominated for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, expressed annoyance with Thomas while she was a junior at Ohio State University. In a letter to the Lantern, the school's newspaper, she accused Thomas of only acknowledging the realities of racism when it was convenient for him.

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On July 1, 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court of the United States to replace Thurgood Marshall, who had announced his retirement. The nomination proceedings were contentious from the start, especially over the issue of abortion

President Joe Biden ’s latest judicial nominee came under fire on Wednesday for comments she made decades ago that some took as an attack on now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and other Black conservatives . According to the Washington Examiner, Eunice Lee, who has been tapped by Biden for a seat on the bench of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, faced a barrage of questions during a confirmation hearing Wednesday over a letter she wrote to her college newspaper in the early 1990s describing Thomas as “one of that group of [B]lack conservatives who feel.

Thomas, she wrote, is "one of that group of black conservatives who feel that black people should focus less on racism and more on self-help." These black conservatives, Lee added, believe that racism is not "much of an obstacle to black success."

But when Thomas was faced with rape accusations during his confirmation hearings, Lee claimed that he changed his tune. Thomas, in his opening statement, famously called aggressive questions about his alleged harassment of Anita Hill, a former staffer, a "high-tech lynching for uppity blacks."

Lee wrote that this turn of phrase marked the first time that the Supreme Court justice was willing to acknowledge that racism is "an obstacle for millions of other blacks."

"I might stop short of calling Thomas a hypocrite, but I am reminded of that saying of how there are no atheists in foxholes," she wrote. "Perhaps you can also say there are no black 'conservatives' when in the political hot seat."

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One journalist praised Thomas in 2017 for being the product of a "caring, supervised, value-laden upbringing, compared with a more usual poor, fatherless black childhood" marked by "victimhood." Even Thomas has reinforced this notion of pervasive black dependency. He gave a speech in the 1980s before a group of black conservatives where he said of his sister: "She gets mad when the I was a rookie reporter at a Southern newspaper when Thomas was nominated to the US Supreme Court in 1991. I was criticized by several black journalists after I wrote an essay defending Thomas .

Utah Sen. Mike Lee, during confirmation hearings on Wednesday, questioned Eunice Lee about the letter, pointing out that Thomas has, in the past, spoken about racism and its effects on black people. Lee replied that the letter "does not reflect the views that I have today."

"So you no longer regard Justice Thomas as someone who denies that racism is an obstacle?" Mike Lee asked.

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"Well, as I said, I don't espouse the views in that letter now," Eunice Lee replied, adding that as a judicial nominee, she did not think it appropriate to comment on a fellow judge.

Eunice Lee added that her personal views on Thomas and black conservatives at large would not influence her decisions as a judge.

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