Books Clarence Thomas, Literary Hero
posted by October 4 at 12:20 PMon
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.)