Tuesday 12 December 2017

How ghost of Ireland's Liberator inspired his spiritual son Obama

The US president shares O'Connell's distrust of overly abstract approaches to politics, writes John-Paul McCarthy

AFTER an ugly and humiliating Senate interrogation, the first African-American lawyer, Thurgood Marshall, assumed his seat on the US Supreme Court in 1967.

A couple of days after the Senate ratified his appointment, Marshall took an old pal for lunch in his new 20ft Cadillac. The friend was aghast, but Marshall said: "See this, I haven't gotten me my first paycheck yet, but that's the nigger in me."

It would be difficult to imagine the radiant figure who spoke at College Green last Monday thinking like this.

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