A new documentary sheds light on the life and judicial philosophy of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
This was the setting in 1991: a conservative appointment to the Supreme Court; reflexive opposition from the left; a contentious hearing followed by last minute, conflicted, and dubious allegations of sexual misconduct that almost derailed the nomination. While that describes the more recent confirmation hearings of now-Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, 27 years earlier Clarence Thomas (pictured) also made an impassioned plea of innocence:
Thomas (at his 1991 confirmation hearings): "This is a circus. It's a national disgrace. And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I'm concerned it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves."
It was the hard life he led up to that moment that gave Thomas the strength to endure the attempt to destroy his life, according to Michael Pack, director of the new biographical documentary "Created Equal" that hit selected theatres last weekend (See trailer below).
Thomas (in the film): "I was supposed to go to school in the afternoon, but my mother wasn't there to make me go, because she had to go to work. So, I wandered the streets by myself. I was six."
Says Pack: "He had surmounted so many difficulties in his life and he had such resilience, and in spite of extreme difficulties … he refused to define himself as a victim."
The film details Thomas' rebellion against his Catholic faith, identification with the black Marxist power movement of the 1960s, and a fresh encounter with God that washed away his anger and gave purpose to his life. Pack says that new strength and purpose continues to serve Thomas well, as the left has never given up trying to finish the lynching.
"At the end of the hearings, American people believed Justice Thomas 2 to 1," Pack states. "But because the left has continued its unceasing assault on him, it's sort of flipped the other way."
The website for "Created Equal" is JusticeThomasMovie.com. It is currently playing in select theaters.