LAPA Seminar with Corey Robin: Invisible Man: The Black Nationalism of Clarence Thomas's Jurisprudence
Audience:Open to the Public
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From Professor Robin: "A little known fact about Clarence Thomas is that during the formative period of his life, from 1968 to 1975, he was a black nationalist on the left. In this paper, I show that despite his right turn in the 1970s, Thomas never gave up his black nationalism. The fundamental ideas he formed about race and racism on the black nationalist left continue to structure his jurisprudence from the right. While that's true of his jurisprudence on issues ranging from the Second Amendment to the Takings Clause, I focus here on his opinions about affirmative action and desegregation, showing that his positions on those questions bear little resemblance to either conventional conservatism or liberalism."
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