Clarence Thomas is a Black Nationalist Whose Hero is Malcolm X

by admin | June 24, 2016 1:54 pm

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion for the recent 5-3 decision which found that evidence obtained from an unlawful police stop would not be excluded from court even though it was obtained from a police search which was not based on reasonable suspicion of crime. Given the number of unlawful stop-and-frisks used to harass black people, especially black men, this latest ruling is sure to escalate the war against blacks in this country.

Following all rulings where Justice Thomas sides with the conservative majority, tweets usually fly about his self-hatred, but Black Agenda Report‘s Pascal Robert disagrees. In an interview with BreakingBrown Founder Yvette Carnell, Robert argues that Thomas is a quintessential black nationalist who, like many black nationalists, argues on behalf of a “do for self” approach to empowerment.

In a piece published at Jacobin,[1] Corey Robin revealed the enormous respect Thomas has for Malcolm X:

When Clarence Thomas was in college he memorized the speeches of Malcolm X; two decades later, he could still recite them by heart. “I’ve been very partial to Malcolm X,” he told a libertarian magazine in 1987. “There is a lot of good in what he says.”


There’s a law review article about Clarence Thomas that’s called “Clarence X?: The Black Nationalist Behind Justice Thomas’s Constitutionalism.”

Robert believes that Thomas is not a self-hater, but an Afro-pessimist, which is substantiated by Thomas’ own words.


Clarence Thomas is a Black Nationalist Whose Hero is Malcolm X  

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“I grew up in Savannah, Ga., under segregation. It wasn’t color-blind and America is not color-blind today . . . Code words like ‘color-blind'”, said Thomas.

Watch the interview:

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