Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a group of Florida college students that society is too sensitive on the topic of race, Yahoo! reports. Thomas addressed a crowd gathered at Palm Beach Atlantic University with tales of his own childhood in the segregated South, and explained how that era was actually less riven by day-to-day racial anxiety:
We are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day it doesn't come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn't look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I'd still be in Savannah.
Thomas went on to say that the worst racism he's ever endured was among "northern liberals," not folks in the South.
"The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me were by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia," explained Thomas.
The notion that racial treatment is in fact worse in the North than the South was explored by the American Conservative's Rod Dreher, a Louisiana resident, last June:
I noticed this too when I lived in the North - a coldness between black and white in public interaction that we just don't have down South. It's perfectly normal for black folks and white folks to talk to each other in public, and to treat each other with courtesy, even though the private opinions they have of each other might be racist.Via Yahoo! and the American Conservative.