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The Enigma of Clarence Thomas

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Binding: Paperback
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ISBN: 9781250772916
Publisher: Picador
Language: English
Page Count: 301
Publication Date: 1/1/2019
Size: 9.00" l x 6.00" w x 1.00"
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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 a groundbreaking work, Corey Robin - one of the foremost analysts of the right - delves deeply into both Thomas's biography and his jurisprudence. The hidden source of Thomas's conservative views, he demonstrates, is a profound skepticism that racism can be overcome. There's a reason why liberals complain that Thomas doesn't speak but seldom pay attention when he does; were they to listen, they'd hear a racial pessimism that often sounds similar to their own. This unacknowledged consensus about the impossibility of progress is key to understanding today's political stalemate.

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