Clarence Thomas: There's a 'different sets of rules' for criticizing me because I'm conservative

Clarence Thomas: There's a 'different sets of rules' for criticizing me because I'm conservative
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasKavanaugh to deliver major speech to conservative Federalist Society Five landmark moments of testimony to Congress Katie Hill calls out a 'double standard' in final floor speech MORE says in an upcoming documentary that there is a "different sets of rules" for criticizing him because he is a black conservative.

"There’s different sets of rules for different people,” Thomas said in “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words,” which was viewed by Time


“If you criticize a black person who’s more liberal, you’re a racist. Whereas you can do whatever to me, or to now [Housing and Urban Development Secretary] Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump launches effort to boost support among black voters Zoning is not the answer to all our housing problems Freer housing is 'fairer housing' — HUD should tie funding to looser zoning MORE, and that’s fine, because you’re not really black because you’re not doing what we expect black people to do,” he added. 

According to Time, Thomas also addressed allegations by Anita HillAnita Faye HillFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Christine Blasey Ford makes rare public appearance to accept empowerment award Anita Hill: 'I am ready to hold Joe Biden accountable' MORE, who claimed during Thomas's confirmation hearing that the then-nominee had sexually harassed her in the workplace. 

Thomas said that “all heck broke loose" when the Hill's accusation became public.

He also said he felt “deflated” when questioned by the FBI and "literally under siege," describing the media coverage.

The justice denied the allegations both at the time and in the documentary. 

Thomas also said he realized during the confirmation hearing that the type of person who held him back most in his life was not the "bigot, Klansman, and rural sheriff" as he had anticipated, but rather the "modern-day liberal."

Time reported that the documentary was made by Manifold Productions, which is headed by conservative filmmaker Michael Pack, who has worked with former White House aide Stephen Bannon. The magazine noted that the film is sympathetic to the Supreme Court justice. 

It will be released in 2020 and air on PBS in May. 

Hill's sexual harassment allegations have taken on renewed significance in the wake of the "Me Too" movement and sexual misconduct allegations that arose during Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughElection 2020: Why I'm watching Amy and Andy Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation Protesters roll out a screen playing Blasey Ford's testimony ahead of Federalist Society dinner MORE's confirmation process. Both Thomas and Kavanaugh have denied the allegations against them. 

Hill said this week that Kavanaugh's confirmation, during which professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, filled her with "profound sadness and disappointment."

"The perception that so many had from that was that we hadn't made any advances in 28 years. And I think that is not the case," she said. "And I think we all know that, but then when we had the opportunity to display it, it didn't happen."