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Clarence Thomas

Data de nascimento: 23. Junho 1948

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Clarence Thomas, é um Juiz Associado da Suprema Corte dos Estados Unidos. Thomas foi nomeado por George Bush e é o segundo negro a integrar a referida Corte, sendo que o primeiro foi Thurgood Marshall, a quem sucedeu.

Thomas cresceu em Savannah, Geórgia, e foi educado na College of the Holy Cross e na Escola jurídica de Yale. Em 1974, ele foi nomeado como procurador-geral assistente no Missouri e praticou direito no mesmo estado no setor privado. Em 1979, ele se tornou um assistente legislativo do senador John Danforth e em 1981 foi nomeado Secretário adjunto dos Direitos civis no Departamento de Educação dos Estados Unidos. Em 1982, o presidente Ronald Reagan nomeou Thomas como membro do Equal Employment Opportunity Commission .

Em 1990, o presidente George H. W. Bush indicou Thomas em um assento no Circuito de Cortes de Apelação do Distrito de Columbia. Ele serviu nesse cargo por 16 meses antes de ser nomeado por Bush para ocupar a cadeira do juiz Marshall na Suprema Corte. A confirmação de Thomas foi intensa, envolvendo acusações de que ele havia assediado sexualmente com a procuradora Anita Hill, uma subordinada no Departamento de educação e consequentemente no EEOC. O senado confirmou a indicação de Thomas por 52 votos a 48.

Desde que se juntou a corte, Thomas têm tido uma abordagem textualista, buscando manter o que ele vê como o significado original da constituição dos Estados Unidos. Ele é geralmente visto como o membro mais conservador da Corte. Um forte apoiador da segunda e décima emendas da Constituição, Thomas regularmente se aproxima do federalismo de uma maneira defendendo limites ao poder do governo federal e os direitos de governos locais e estaduais. Ao mesmo tempo, suas opiniões geralmente têm apoiado um poder executivo forte dentro do governo federal.

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„I come to state that I'm a man, free to think for myself and do as I please.“

—  Clarence Thomas
Context: I have come here today not in anger or to anger, though my mere presence has been sufficient, obviously, to anger some. Nor have I come to defend my views, but rather to assert my right to think for myself, to refuse to have my ideas assigned to me as though I was an intellectual slave because I'm black. I come to state that I'm a man, free to think for myself and do as I please.

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„Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and protect us as equal before the law“

—  Clarence Thomas
Context: [I disagree] that there is a racial paternalism exception to the principle of equal protection. I believe that there is a 'moral [and] constitutional equivalence,' between laws designed to subjugate a race and those that distribute benefits on the basis of race in order to foster some current notion of equality. Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and protect us as equal before the law. Concurring in Adarand v. Pena, 515 U.S. 200 http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=000&invol=U10252&friend=oyez (1995).

„I am a man, a black man, an American.“

—  Clarence Thomas
Context: Despite some of the nonsense that has been said about me by those who should know better, and so much nonsense, or some of which subtracts from the sum total of human knowledge, despite this all, I am a man, a black man, an American. And my history is not unlike that of many blacks from the deep South. And in many ways it is not that much different from that of many other Americans.

„I agree with Ralph Ellison when he asked, perhaps rhetorically, why is it that so many of those who would tell us the meaning of Negro, of Negro life, never bothered to learn how varied it really is.“

—  Clarence Thomas
Context: I agree with Ralph Ellison when he asked, perhaps rhetorically, why is it that so many of those who would tell us the meaning of Negro, of Negro life, never bothered to learn how varied it really is. That is particularly true of many whites who have elevated condescension to an art form by advancing a monolithic view of blacks in much the same way that the mythic, disgusting image of the lazy, dumb black was advanced by open, rather than disguised, bigots.

„Since well before 1787, liberty has been understood as freedom from government action, not entitlement to government benefits. The framers created our constitution to preserve that understanding of liberty“

—  Clarence Thomas
Context: The Court's decision today is at odds not only with the constitution, but with the principles upon which our Nation was built. Since well before 1787, liberty has been understood as freedom from government action, not entitlement to government benefits. The framers created our constitution to preserve that understanding of liberty. Yet the majority invokes our Constitution in the name of a 'liberty' that the framers would not have recognized, to the detriment of the liberty they sought to protect. Along the way, it rejects the idea—captured in our Declaration of Independence—that human dignity is innate and suggests instead that it comes from the Government. This distortion of our Constitution not only ignores the text, it inverts the relationship between the individual and the state in our Republic. I cannot agree with it. Obergefell v. Hodges http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf (26 June 2015).

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„No good comes from being in the woods.“

—  Clarence Thomas
On the occasion of his 25th anniversary as a Supreme Court Justice; reported in Robert Barnes, " For 25 years, it has been Clarence Thomas v. Controversy https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/after-25-years-supporters-praise-clarence-thomas-but-controversy-is-always-near/2016/10/30/3fba40e4-9d24-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1", Washington Post (October 30, 2016).

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