Sunday, February 08, 2009

Sunday Afternoon Cigar

A CAO Brazilla burned as we read the autobiography of a successful black man who reached the pinnacle of success in his field. Abandoned by his father, raised by a hard-working mother and by grandparents, faced with poverty and racial prejudices at every level of his life, including at a prestigious law school, who overcame it all by focusing on results and setting an example for his son and colleagues. Of course, we're talking about Clarance Thomas and his book My Grandfather's Son. It is an incredible book that we can't put down. From page 77, regarding his struggles to pay tuition at Yale:

I kept telling myself that my problems were insignificant compared to the ones that Daddy [his grandfather] and his generation had faced, and that my own lot had once been far harder. Myers [brother] and I had always wanted to be just like the other kids in Savannah, and couldn't understand why Daddy refused to give in to our childish desires. Why couldn't we watch TV or play with our friends instead of going out to Liberty County to pluck chickens and till the fields? Why did we have to go without underwear and decent shoes all summer? But Daddy knew it was more important for us to financially independent than to do as the other kids did, and now, years later, I was profiting from his foresight.

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