[Marxism] Whose Side Is Clarence Thomas On? | The Nation

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Oct 29 14:36:22 MDT 2019

(I've been plagiarized.)

Robin mostly accepts at face value Thomas’s portrayal of himself as a 
race man deeply invested in black America. After all, Thomas quotes 
approvingly from Douglass. He talks admiringly of the black folk who 
persevered under the brutal reign of Jim Crow. He notes the continuing 
prevalence of anti-black racism, and he concerns himself with the racial 
consequences of disputed policies. But this is mostly pretense. When 
Thomas cites Douglass, he does so not to perpetuate that great man’s 
challenge to white supremacy but to burnish his own brand, signaling to 
black Americans that, beneath his reactionary politics, he has not 
forgotten where he came from and signaling to white Americans that he is 
no ordinary right-wing Republican but something more valuable: a black 
right-wing Republican with code-switching capabilities.


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