The Enigma of Clarence Thomas
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...more
Robin doesn’t just say this out of nowhere. He gets information from collegiate classmates, takes seriously Thomas’ own comments on his formative influences (beyond black nationalism, he has actually ...more
If you're liberal, you think he's an idiot, or crazy, or a monster. If you're conservative, you think he's a hero who's willing to stick it to the liberal establishment and attack integration policies.
Undeniably, he is one of the most powerful Black men in America. Why are so few of us willing to take a closer look?
If you think you know everything there is to know about Clarence Thomas, or if you hate Thomas and think ...more
Robin does a great job of analyzing a juror that is rarely discussed due to his quiet demeanor on the bench, but who deserves much more attention. Thomas is perhaps one of the more interesting and consequential justices to serve in the 21st century and Robin’s work will hopefully make this clearer to readers.
The effort to lay out Thomas's philosophies in a non-judgmental way--except for when Robin feels that his own judgment needs to be inserted into the conversation--feels fundamentally flawed. So even though I do think ...more
I'm less enamored with the attempts to tie his thought to particular details of his life, especially towards the ...more
I do wish it had delved more into Anita Hill, however; I was left feeling quite informed about Thomas on every aspect of his politics and life *except* her, and particularly with how salient her story is to American law and politics (after all, Joe Biden is currently the frontrunner in the Democratic primary race as I write this), I keenly felt this lack. Otherwise, though, not much more to ...more
So I will say that the author who is a white man and not a Conservative has done extensive research for this book and he writes well