Race The Pain Of Being Black

The other side of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas' inspiring climb out of poverty was the price he paid for success

I have a lot in common with Clarence Thomas. Like his grandfather, mine was a hero.

Born a slave in 1856, my grandfather was a farmer who loved learning. Despite poverty and racial oppression so harsh it seems almost unimaginable today, he found a way for his 16 children to get an education. After he died in 1933, my grandmother and the older children worked together to send the younger ones to college and professional schools. My dad, the baby of the family, graduated from Howard University's medical school. He went on to found the country's first black-run cancer-research center and...

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