The Maximum Of Hatred For A Minimum Of Reason
For the record, Eleanor Holmes Norton is a delegate to Congress representing the District of Columbia. In her position, she is able to serve on and vote with committees and may speak from the floor of the House of Representatives. She may not vote on final passage of any legislation because she is not a full member of Congress.
Why is this woman on my radar screen?
Bret Baier reported the other night that she made a shocking comment about Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as she predicted that Fearless Reader would not pick a black judge to fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. She said, “We’re not sure this president is ever going to nominate another African-American to the court. [Barack Obama]‘s African-American. We’ve got someone who proposes to be African-American on the court.”
As the Supreme Court’s lone black member, Justice Thomas’ votes against affirmative action and other policies important to the black community have angered liberal African-Americans.
Norton is in charge of tracking judicial nominations for the black caucus. The caucus is still examining nominees and probably will not recommend anyone before the president announces his pick. Norton voiced concern Obama had “boxed himself in” by sticking to a timetable that would have the new justice in place by the time the court begins its term in October.
Of the ten or so candidates that the president is thought to be considering, the reported frontrunners are Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood and Judge Merrick Garland. “None of them are unacceptable,” Norton said.
Her shocking insult seems to suggest that someone cannot be a true African-American if they are conservative.
Horace Cooper of the black leadership network Project 21 believes “Ms. Holmes Norton should be ashamed. This is precisely the type of offensive rhetoric that keeps us Americans divided along race lines. If David Duke had said that retiring Justice Stevens ‘proposes to be white’ because of his rulings — she would be the first to denounce him.”
Justice Thomas was raised in Pin Point, Georgia, a poor black town without a sewage system or paved roads. His father was a farm worker and his mother was a domestic worker who spoke Gullah as a first language.
While liberals were quick to celebrate the life of Justice Sotomayor for growing up in the projects and achieving so much in her life, they appear unwilling to credit Thomas with his own amazing and difficult life, including being left homeless as a child.
Norton’s offensive rhetoric is not the first to be hurled at this honorable man. On November 5, 2005, BlackCommentator.com [I am deliberately NOT linking the site] called Thomas an Uncle Tom, a race traitor, a minstrel, a self-hater and a Sambo. The piece eviscerates Thomas further by depicting him on the front cover of Emerge magazine as “Uncle Thomas: Lawn Jockey for the Far Right”.
This kind of contempt goes beyond the pale.
“I never dreamed that we blacks would need to be liberated from ourselves. Like all humans, blacks are extremely diverse in their talents, tastes, and desires. We must stop allowing ourselves to be manipulated and intimidated into collectively voting for Democrats in order to keep Sharpton, Jackson, and the NAACP employed.”
“Though our ancestors came to America on slave ships, we blacks are extremely blessed to be born in the greatest nation on the planet. It is time we let go of the past. Yes, I know this will infuriate and shock some of you (race profiteers), but it is true. Black overseers and liberals must stop exploiting America’s past sins and viewing America from a 1950 point of view. For the sake of our children, blacks must see America for what it truly is today: a wonderful country where if the Obama Administration would simply get out of the way, anyone with an idea, a dream, and a willingness to work can succeed. It is time to end “groupthink” and black racism and celebrate individuality and independence.”
Read more at No Sheeples Here.