February 12th, 2014
09:01 PM ET

Clarence Thomas: U.S. too sensitive about race

Are Americans too sensitive about race?

That's what Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas thinks.

The high court's only African-American jurist courted controversy Tuesday at a Florida college by saying,

"My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school," he told students. "To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white [Catholic] 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. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person."

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