Race Perspectives on the Thomas Hearings

There are many questions to consider as you read the sources both on the main page for this unit and in the related links section below.

Key questions in terms of race relations:

1) How does the history of the Civil Rights movement influence how one views Clarence Thomas's nomination? Specifically, what are the arguments for and against Affirmative Action? Why has this issue become so contested in the 1990s? Who benefits from it? Who does it hurt?

2) Why were some African-Americans upset that Anita Hill testified against Clarence Thomas? Should an African-American woman put her allegiance to her race above speaking out about other transgressions of power?

3) How did African-Americans feel about Thomas as a replacement for Thurgood Marshall? How did Marshall's position on affirmative action compare to Thomas's?

Related Links

Affirmative Action

Timeline of Affirmative Action

Commentary on Race

Senator Byrd

Supreme Court Justices & Cases

Marshall Biography & Timeline

Thurgood Marshall: A Biography

Marshall's Key Case--Brown vs. Board of Education

Full Text of Brown vs. Ed

History 122
HIST 122 Syllabus

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