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‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words’ Reveals U.S. Supreme Court Justice Originally Planned to Enter the Clergy

Known for his silence during oral argument, Justice Clarence Thomas speaks out at length for the first time in groundbreaking new documentary on faith, conviction, and standing up for what you believe in

The new faith documentary by Manifold Productions, Inc., “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” is coming to theaters nationwide as part of a platform theatrical release starting January 31.

With unprecedented access, producer/director Michael Pack interviewed Justice Thomas and his wife, Virginia, for over 30 hours–the longest interview any Supreme Court Justice has ever given.

As a teenager, Clarence Thomas wanted to become a priest

“Justice Thomas’ gripping personal story is largely unknown, and his roots as a man of deep faith and religious conviction have never been detailed as extensively as they are in this film. As a teenager, Clarence Thomas entered seminary, intending to become a priest. How that experience changed his life, and how his career changed course is a story that is so compelling and surprising, we believe audiences will absolutely want to take their families to experience ‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words’,” said Michael Pack, Director and Producer of Created Equal. “This is a rare story about standing firm on what you believe no matter what the cost, an example of conviction and courage.” Supreme

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Key Quotes from “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words”

  • “My mother lived in one room in an old tenement with an outdoor bathroom. I was six. You were hungry, and didn’t know when you’d eat, and cold, and didn’t know when you’d be warm again.”
  • “And for the first time in my life racism and race explained everything. It became the substitute religion; I shoved aside Catholicism and now it was this: it was all about race.”
  • “In the fall of 1980, I had decided to vote for Ronald Reagan. It was a giant step for a black man. Then license is given to others, to attack you in whatever way they want to. You’re not really black because you’re not doing what you expect black people to do. You weren’t supposed to oppose busing; you weren’t supposed to oppose welfare.”
  • “I felt as though in my life, I had been looking at the wrong people, as the people who would be problematic toward me. We were told that ‘Oh it’s going to be the bigot in the pickup truck. It’s going be the Klansman. It’s going to be the rural sheriff.’  Ultimately the biggest impediment, was the modern day liberal. They were the ones who would discount all those things, because they have one issue, or because they have the authority, the power to caricature you.”

 

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