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In this new era of “Black Lives Matter” it might be a good and perhaps a useful idea for those angry young African Americans to reference the “black experience” in America from  someone who has actually traveled that long and winding path, rather than from a systemic race-baiter like Al Sharpton, or a political hustler like President Obama.

This is true especially in that both these characters have used the “black experience” as a wedge issue to further divide and enrich themselves, rather than bring a universal and constructive understanding of that experience.

And perhaps the one contemporary life that reads like a Charles Dickens novel and exemplifies “the black experience” is that of Justice Clarence Thomas.

Who rose from abject poverty in the tiny African-American community of Pin Point, Georgia to become Supreme Court Justice of the United States.

Recently Justice Thomas addressed the connection between liberty and personal responsibility in a powerful commencement address lamenting what he called “a bygone era” of the “hallmarks of my youth.”

“I admit to being unapologetically Catholic, unapologetically patriotic and unapologetically a Constitutionalist,” the Supreme Court Justice told Hillsdale College graduates.

“Do not hide your faith and your beliefs under a bushel basket, especially in this world that seems to have gone mad with political correctness.”

Wouldn’t it be remarkable if those young angry black youths would stop a moment and listen to someone who has traveled that bumpy road of intolerance and, rather than claim “victimization,” embrace personal achievement as their goal?

Here is Thomas' speech in its entirety.

Source: Fox

 

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