Clarence Thomas’s Use of Malcolm X’s language

A good piece on Clarence Thomas’s striking occasional use of black nationalist language: Clarence Thomas’s Counterrevolution — Crooked Timber. As opposed to the normal rendition of him as thinking we are post-race, Corey Robin argues that in fact he is so pessimistic about whites ever being able to see past race that it leads him into his radical strict constructionism of the constitution (it’s yes a non sequitur, but it’s a more interesting read than the read of him as intellectually lazy [the constant stuff about him not talking during Q&A] and deluded about race relations).