Clarence Thomas: Sex Charges Keep Black Men in Their Place

By Drew Zahn© 2011 WND

News breaking spectacularly across the media that black Republican Herman Cain faced sexual harrassment charges – which Cain has called "false" and "baseless" – when head of the National Restaurant Association comes in striking parallel to allegations brought against another black conservative, Clarence Thomas, just as he, too, was rising to national prominence.

When Justice Thomas was about to be confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1991, he was similarly stunned by reports of sexual misconduct charges, which he too denied, from former staffer Anita Hill. Afterward he wrote in his autobiography, "My Grandfather's Son," that America, and particularly the American left, has a habit of using trumped up sex charges as a way to "persecute black men who step out of line."

"I'd warned [my wife] that some of my opponents would try to kill me," Thomas writes. "Now we both knew what their weapon of choice was to be: the age-old blunt instrument of accusing a black man of sexual misconduct."

He continues, "In Washington, what matters is not what you do but what people can be made to think you've done."

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