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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Clarence Thomas, Literary Hero

posted by on October 4 at 12:20 PM

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s memoir comes out today. Here’s Kevin Merida writing about it in the Washington Post:

If there was any remaining mystery about whether Thomas has gotten over the confirmation hearings and sexual harassment allegations that humiliated him 16 years ago, the justice makes plain he hasn’t. His words speak to a level of bitterness that he previously has not communicated during his tenure on the court. What is perhaps most revealing, however, especially in the last two chapters of the book, is how Thomas has come to define his racial identity through the prism of literature.

In Thomas’s eyes, he is both Richard Wright’s tragic Bigger Thomas in “Native Son” and Harper Lee’s doomed Tom Robinson in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” two of the most powerful portrayals of racial division in American literature…

(In other news, Seattle Weekly’s managing editor is not afraid of black people. Anymore. Because he lived in St. Louis. Although when he came back to Seattle, he was afraid of them again. Until he ate a sandwich. Or something. It’s kind of hard to follow.)

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He actually compared himself to Tom Robinson? What an asshole.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 4, 2007 12:38 PM

Everyone keeps talking about what he said about Anita Hill, but what about what he says about liberals? He makes it pretty clear he is not impartial.

Posted by Dianna | October 4, 2007 12:38 PM

it's been a while since i've read "to kill a mockingbird", but isn't tom robinson convicted of a crime he didn't commit?

thomas, on the other hand, was "acquitted" for something he could very well have done, while his accuser was publicly degraded as a lying, delusional, jealous, scorned whore.

aw, poor baby. must suck going through all that and end up sitting on the most powerful judiciary in the country, if not the world.

Posted by brandon | October 4, 2007 12:43 PM

You know in this world there are people who honestly are victims and others who are just volunteers. Thomas is a volunteer.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | October 4, 2007 12:45 PM

the worst black man in america:
1. oj simpson
2. clarence thomas
3. r. kelly
4. michael vick

Posted by maxsolomon | October 4, 2007 12:47 PM

Thomas is another example of the Republicans incompetence being used to justify their anti-government ideology. Affirmative Action is only supposed to place equally qualified minorities in higher positions, Thomas who is obviously unqualified for the post is a proof for the Republican (and thomas's) contention that Affirmative Action is discriminatory.

BTW anyone who says Whoop-de-damn-do to being confirmed to the supreme court is a complete asshole

Posted by vooodooo84 | October 4, 2007 12:49 PM

I'm still reading Coulter's newest concussion. It's hilarious. I can't deny that I love her, even though I disagree with everything she says.

Memoir's are boring. Especially if they're written by Anderson Cooper.

Posted by Hiding myself due to embarrassing love of Ann. | October 4, 2007 12:56 PM

Wow, I finally feel ready safe enough to eat a sandwich cooked by black people.

Thank you, Seattle Weekly.

Posted by Seth | October 4, 2007 1:09 PM

How do y'all leave a comment on the SW site on the article by the managing editor? Doesn't seem to work!

Posted by John Brown | October 4, 2007 1:34 PM

Ok that Seattle Weekly column was just weird. I thought it was funny that his living in St Louis experience wasn't, "I made some good friends with a lot of black people," but was more like, "Some black people were cashiers when I bought my groceries and they didn't kill me so now I'm not afraid anymore!" Like ... what?

Posted by arduous | October 4, 2007 1:38 PM

"Blacktism by fire". Oh dear.

Posted by Fnarf | October 4, 2007 1:47 PM

Yeah, that Seely piece is sort of reminiscent of Bill O'Reilly's amazement of the civility on display at Sylvia's in Harlem.

Posted by Levislade | October 4, 2007 1:52 PM

I think the seattle weekly is trolling for comments. too bad their comment thing doesn't work. before you wrtie that kind of dumb shit you got to make sure the thing works.

Posted by lisa Gin | October 4, 2007 1:57 PM

If you saw any of the interviews of Thomas on TV, you could see the tight leash he keeps himself on.
His story is a really powerful one.
His life is one that could have destroyed a weaker person.

He's found a safe place on the Supreme Court where he can be in recovery for the rest of his life.

Let's hope there is no relapse.

Posted by old timer | October 4, 2007 2:01 PM

I love the Seely thing. St. Louis is consistently rated high on the most dangerous city scales, but I didn't know it is a majority black city. You certainly wouldn't know it by driving around my neighborhood.

It is definitely a segregated city. North side =black, South side =white.

I'm more afraid of the white people.

Posted by Mike in MO | October 4, 2007 2:15 PM

Also, I've never had my car stolen. But my brother did. By a white guy.

Posted by Mike in MO | October 4, 2007 2:16 PM

East St. Louis is another story.

Posted by Simian | October 4, 2007 2:27 PM

East St. Louis is pretty bad, but unless you have to go to a strip club or purchase crack, you never have to set foot in East St. Louis.

Posted by Mike in MO | October 4, 2007 2:36 PM

I just confirmed with SW's web guy, they're having some problems with the comments system and are working on it. Nice guy.

Posted by John Borwn | October 4, 2007 2:56 PM

I'd like to plop Christopher Frizelle down in North St. Louis all on his lonesome with just an issue of the latest New Yorker on a Saturday night and see what he comes up with.... I really doubt he'd be making many friends. More likely he'd just be noticing a lot of hostility.

Posted by Sweetie | October 4, 2007 3:06 PM

fnarf. seattle weekly.

They say a dance contest and a freak-fest featuring a guy who stuffed 14 quarters up his nose were well received.

Posted by infrequent | October 4, 2007 3:42 PM

Frizzelle + Seely = worst gay couple ever

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | October 4, 2007 6:02 PM

I don't know, I read the Seely article as a satirical look at how the stereotype of "white bread" America thinks and the way in which Seattle's been trying to segregate the Afro American community to the outskirts of town.

Partly because that's what I've been observing. If this article provokes various forms of discussions good or bad then I believe it has served a purpose.

Posted by lil J. | October 5, 2007 12:39 PM

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