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 penned a letter to her school’s newspaper about Thomas while he was going through his confirmation process in 1991.
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 should focus less on racism and more on self-help.”
Lee went on to say that this group of conservatives believe racism is not “much of an obstacle to black success,” in her letter commenting on Thomas’s nomination to the nation’s high court.
Thomas’s nomination was somewhat similar to the more recent nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in that both of them are conservatives who were accused of sexual misconduct in the eleventh hour of their confirmation process.
Lee claimed, in essence, that there was no way for someone to be a conservative and believe that racist acts could take place, saying that since Thomas didn’t think racism was as big of an obstacle as some believe it to be, he was contradicting himself by citing it at all.
During the hearings, Thomas famously called the accusations against him a “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks,” which Lee cited as proof that Thomas contradicted his longtime claims about racism.
“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.”
When questioned by Utah Sen. Mike Lee about the letter, Lee said that it “does not reflect the views that I have today,” but when questioned about it’s content specifically, she said that she does not feel it’s appropriate to comment on a fellow judge.