Damon Root on Clarence Thomas, Racism, and American History

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In
Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Samuel L. Jackson
portrays the despicable character of Stephen, the head house slave
on a hellish Mississippi plantation. Reviewing the film for The
Boston Globe, critic Wesley Morris struggled to convey the
villainy of Stephen’s character, turning to a present-day
comparison for help. “The movie is too modern for what Jackson is
doing to be limited to 1858,” Morris wrote. “He’s conjuring the
house Negro, yes, but playing him as though he were Clarence
Thomas.”
It was not the first time a liberal writer had taken a cheap
shot at the conservative Supreme Court justice, writes Damon Root,
but the comparison to the slave power system was particularly
contemptible, especially because no Supreme Court justice since
Thurgood Marshall has written more frequently or powerfully about
American racism than Clarence Thomas. View this article.

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Damon Root on Clarence Thomas, Racism, and American History

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