The Enigma of Clarence Thomas: A Critical Analysis
Michael Conklin, The Enigma of Clarence Thomas: A Critical Analysis, ___ ELON L. REV. ___ (2020 Forthcoming)
5 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2020
Date Written: 2019
“There is nothing you can do to get past black skin. I don’t care how educated you are, how good you are — you’ll never have the same contacts or opportunities, you’ll never be seen as equal to whites.”
The preceding quote would strike many as unlikely to come from a Republican-appointed justice, the “Tea Party justice,” and Donald Trump’s favorite justice. This demonstrates the enigma of Clarence Thomas as covered in Corey Robin’s The Enigma of Clarence Thomas. The book aims to understand a man who has praised Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan, while also vehemently arguing against affirmative action. While making sense of a person who holds these unlikely sets of views is not easy, Robin does a good job with the subject. This essay is a critical analysis of the book, focusing on the areas of bias, Anita Hill, and race.
Keywords: Clarence Thomas, Corey Robin, Anita Hill, Affirmative action, Critical race theory, Racism, Originalism, Textualism
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