The justice also had good words for the community in which he grew up. He compared the rural Georgia area to the setting of the movie The Help.
Despite all of the troubles, he wouldn't trade the neighborhood for anything, he said, adding that there was order and peace there.
"I was treated a lot better in the South than I was ever treated in the North," he said. In his high school, where he was the first, or one of the first, black students, "nobody ever said I was inferior."
Thomas described the Supreme Court as a "wonderful place" that "might be better than we deserve." He said the other justices are "good people" and his friends; he's never heard an unkind word among the nine justices when they discuss legal cases.
April 6, 2012
Clarence Thomas "said he went to a Cracker Barrel restaurant with three non-lawyer buddies for his 60th birthday."
From an article about Justice Thomas's talk at the University of Kentucky.