Clarence Thomas: The Misunderstood Justice. Seely N. Leyenberger Holy Family University.
Seely N. Leyenberger
Holy Family University
Despite the bitterness and misconceptions of his critics, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas remains a principled adherent of original intent, content to remain at the periphery of the Court while facing constitutional questions such as abortion, the Commerce Clause, and affirmative action.Thesis
“Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! … And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! … [Y]our interference is doing him positive injury.”
Frederick Douglass quoted in Thomas’ dissenting briefAffirmative Action
Foskett, K. (2004). Judging Thomas: The life and times of Clarence Thomas. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers Inc.