Justice Thomas: Black communities in decline


Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says he is heartbroken over the poverty and social troubles among many black communities but has no answers on how to solve these problems.

Thomas spoke last Tuesday at Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh. He said he doesn’t bear any ill-will toward others who hold views different from his. If he were going to have hard feelings, he said, it’d be mostly on race issues.

Thomas said his “heart is broken.” He said he’s seen terrible decline in some black communities and “virtually every crime is drug related.”

Thomas said many young people have no families and no education and numerous anti-poverty programs have failed.

Thomas said the country should “at least fess up and say something is wrong.”

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top