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Clarence Thomas: America Has Gotten Too 'Sensitive' About Race

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Thomas said everyone -- black, white or anything else -- has been slighted.

"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," he said. "Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them -- left them out." He said he been treated far worse by "northern liberal elites" than "the people of Savannah, Georgia," where he grew up.

A justice since 1991, Thomas is arguably the most conservative on the bench. He was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to replace Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice.