Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was recently asked if he expected to see an African American president in his lifetime.
The conservative jurist, and the court’s lone African American, said he always knew “it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media, because anybody that they didn't agree with, they would take apart.
“And that will happen with virtually -- you pick your person -- any black person who says something that is not the prescribed things that they expect from a black person will be picked apart," he said in an April interview at Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh.
The interviewed aired on C-SPAN.
Thomas, who once worked as an assistant attorney general in Missouri under Jack Danforth, became a household name in 1991 during his confirmation hearings when a former co-worker, Anita Hill, accused him of sexual harassment. Thomas vigorously denied the charges and clearly was angry at the ensuing firestorm, calling the hearings a “high-tech lynching.”
In the April interview, Thomas said: “You can pick anybody, don't pick me. Pick anyone who has decided not to go along with it. There's a price to pay,” he said. “So, I always assumed it would be somebody the media had to agree with.”
Thomas said he’s had no in-depth conversations with President Barack Obama.