Clarence Thomas: His Life And The Hearings That Defined It Essay

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Life and Background Clarence Thomas is just the second African American justice to serve on the Supreme Court. His confirmation margin of fifty-two to forty-eight is the smallest margin in history. Until the very recent confirmations of both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, for the past twenty-five plus years, Thomas had been the last conservative to be named to the current court. Thomas’ confirmation hearings have gone down in history as those containing the most drama. His hearings would produce such intense arguments over race and gender. Thomas is on of the most publicly criticized justices in the history of the Supreme Court. The primary reason for that is the "uncommon" connection between his views and the color of…show more content…
Then, at the end of Thomas’ sophomore year, the Black Sutdent Union requested to have a black only corridor in the dormitories. When it came time to vote for the matter within the union every member passed the notion, except Thomas. Thomas believed that blacks were defeating the purpose that they had worked so hard in the past decades to gain. By self-segregating "blacks were turning away from the real world." Thomas would make a bold move. Rather than separating himself from the Black Student Union and their personal corridor, he made a compromise. He decided to live in the corridor, with his white roommate. (Thomas 117, Foskett 99-102) As mentioned before, Thomas went on to study law at Yale. An interesting note is that Thomas attended Yale during the same time that ex-president Bill Clinton attended the university. Clinton was enrolled in 1970 and Thomas in 1971. (Thomas 137-8) Thomas was involved in the political scene very at a very early age. After just two short years in Washington, Thomas had been working in President Reagan’s administration. Thomas was a rarity in Washington. A black man working for the republican with conservative views, in a man few had ever seen before. In the Washington Post Thomas was introduced to the public. The article read, “He is one of the black people now on center stage in American politics: he is a republican, a long-time supporter of Ronald Reagan, opposed to
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