The Enigma of Clarence Thomas

Book by Corey Robin

  • Published: Sep 09, 2020

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... read more

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Exact title of the book
The Enigma of Clarence Thomas
Book author
Corey Robin
ISBN
9781250772916
Publisher
Picador
Published
Oct 13, 2020
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
320
File size (in PDF)
2880 kB

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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 dont 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 examination of its kind, Corey Robin one of the foremost analysts of the right delves deeply into both Thomass 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 Thomass conservative views, Robin shows, 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 racism; the most African-Americans can hope for is that white people will get out of their way. Theres a reason, Robin concludes, why liberals often complain that Thomas doesnt speak but seldom pay attention when he does.

Were they to listen, theyd hear a racial pessimism that often sounds similar to their own. Cutting across the ideological spectrum, this unacknowledged consensus about the impossibility of progress is key to understanding todays political stalemate.

About author

Robin is the author of The Reactionary Mind Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump and Fear The History of a Political Idea. He teaches political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Robins writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Harpers, and the London Review of Books, among other publications, and has been translated into thirteen languages.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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