Here’s What Clarence Thomas’ Health Scare Could Mean for America

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was discharged from Sibley Memorial Hospital on March 25th after a week of experiencing flu-like symptoms. The doctors who treated him have labeled his condition as a non-covid related infection, though they have yet to go into any further detail than that. Whatever it is, this illness has become severe enough to the point where he’s missed several days of case hearings and has yet to release a statement to the public on how he is doing. This health scare not only raises concerns for the Justice’s well-being, but also raises speculation on how much longer he might serve on the Court.

As of the writing of this article, Clarence Thomas is the only Black voice on the SCOTUS bench. If his seat were to be vacated, it’s quite likely that he would be replaced by a judge matching his demographic. Just like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was replaced with another woman (Amy Coney Barrett) after she passed, and Justice Thurgood Marshall’s seat was filled by another Black man (Clarence Thomas) when he retired, the former civil-rights activist may have his spot in the Court filled by a mirror of himself.

However, Justice Thomas has made it clear over the years that race means very little to him when it comes to politics. So when it comes to his replacement, there’s no doubt that the Justice would much rather have someone who resembles his ideology rather than his physical features.

Of course, that decision isn’t up to him. The President and the United States Senate are in complete control of the judges that make America’s highest court, and much to the dismay of the outspokenly conservative Justice Thomas, both sections of the government are controlled by the Democrat party. This leaves the aging Justice with two options, retire and preserve his health, or hold on to his seat and pray that the political landscape shifts in his favor soon.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg found herself in a very similar situation towards the end of her life. Th