(PatriotWise.com)- In early 2020, PBS aired the highly acclaimed documentary “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.” And last week, filmmaker Michael Pack discussed the making of the documentary in an interview on Fox Nation where he shared his impressions of the Supreme Court Justice and what he was like behind the scenes during Pack’s 30-hour interview with both Thomas and his wife Virginia.
Pack described Thomas as “very warm and funny,” saying he “loves to laugh.” He marveled at how Thomas still has a sense of humor considering everything he has been through in his life and in his career.
Thomas grew up poor in the segregated South of the 1950. After his father left him, Thomas was raised by his grandfather.
But even the segregated South was no match for the vitriol and viciousness Thomas faced when he entered public life. Pack explained that after President Ronald Reagan appointed Thomas to his administration in the late 1980s, the vicious attacks from the Left.
Thomas was called an “Uncle Tom” in the press. One leading liberal journalist at the time compared him to “chicken-eating preachers” taking “crumbs from the white man’s table.” Later in his career, an editorial cartoonist depicted Thomas as a shoeshine boy to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
In Pack’s documentary Thomas remarked on the attacks saying, “People should just tell the truth: ‘This is the wrong black guy; he has to be destroyed.'”
Pack told Fox Nation that Thomas faced the kinds of attacks people are only allowed to say about a black conservative.
The racist attacks kicked into high gear in 1991 after President George HW Bush nominated Thomas for the Supreme Court. And leading the vicious, slanderous attacks against Thomas? None other than the current President of the United State, then-Senator Joseph Robinette Biden of Delaware.
The contentious and downright racist confirmation hearing is well-covered in Pack’s documentary. When he discussed with Justice Thomas that terrible experience, Pack said he could sense, not so much sadness, as the feeling that what they put him through in those hearings “was unfair and illegitimate.” Even bringing it up during the documentary seemed to rekindle the anger Thomas felt for what was done to him, Pack explained.
Michael Pack’s ultimate takeaway from the time he spent with Justice Thomas, however, is his “unwillingness to think of himself as a victim.”
“He has this resilience,” Pack added, “It’s inspiring.”
“Created Equal” is available on DVD and streaming, check HERE for viewing options.