Smiley, founder of KBLA in Los Angeles, on which I have a show, didn’t hold back, especially in his criticism of Justice Clarence Thomas.
“I am beyond troubled that a Supreme Court justice who used affirmative action to get into Yale would then pull the ladder up for others,” Smiley said on stage this month during a discussion of racial issues and political polarization at Braver Angels’ national convention in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. “It is reprehensible. It is … undemocratic. I think it’s un-American. And I think more than anything else it’s hypocritical.”