Hearings on Clarence Thomas

The majority of African-Americans in this country have achieved through vigorous self-help and bootstrapping. There was no alternative--affirmative action was late appearing in our history and has always been limited in funding. So when Clarence Thomas excoriates those asking for "handouts" isn't he referring more correctly to the poor?

And if he is referring to the poor, then why is he characterizing them as African-American when it is documented fact that there are more poor Euro-Americans in the United States than any other racial group?

Has Clarence Thomas become so blinded by his own light that he has lost sight of objectivity? The thought of him sitting on the Supreme Court seeing justice through George Bush's distorted lenses terrifies me.

HENRIETTA McQUEEN

Los Angeles

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