The Enigma of Clarence Thomas

Product Number: EB00714098
Released: Sep 24, 2019
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781627793841
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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The Enigma of Clarence Thomas is a groundbreaking revisionist take on the Supreme Court justice everyone knows about but no one knows. Most people can tell you two things about Clarence Thomas: Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, and he almost never speaks from the bench. Here are some things they don't know: Thomas is a black nationalist. In college he memorized the speeches of Malcolm X. He believes white people are incurably racist. In the first analysis of its kind, Corey Robin-one of the foremost analysts of the right-delves deeply into both Thomas's biography and his jurisprudence, masterfully reading his Supreme Court opinions against the backdrop of his autobiographical and political writings and speeches. The hidden source of Thomas's conservative views, Robin argues, is a profound skepticism that racism can be overcome. Thomas is convinced that any government action on behalf of African-Americans will be tainted by this racism, and that the most African-Americans can hope for is that white people will get out of their way. There's a reason, Robin concludes, why liberals often complain that Thomas doesn't speak but seldom pay attention when he does. Were they to listen, they'd hear a racial pessimism that sounds shockingly similar to their own. Cutting across the ideological spectrum, this unacknowledged consensus about the impossibility of progress is key to understanding today's political stalemate.

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Author(s): Corey Robin
Original Publish Date: Sep 24, 2019

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Author(s): Corey Robin
Narrator(s): Larry Herron
Product Number Z100140330
Released: Sep 24, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781250212665

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