Clarence Thomas Settles Scores

Book lashes out at media, liberal elites
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2007 9:06 AM CDT
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas speaks during a presentation on Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. Despite taking its name from a former justice...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a scathing new memoir, Justice Clarence Thomas unleashes his wrath upon those who afflicted him during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings, calling them a "high-tech lynching" by "left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony." The book, My Grandfather's Son, chronicles the Supreme Court justice's life from his childhood to his swearing-in, the Washington Post reports.

In the book, Thomas speaks at length for the first time about his bruising hearings, dismissing the "touchy" and "mediocre" Anita Hill as the pawn of a mob of abortion-crazed activists. He describes himself as perennially under siege— from light-skinned African Americans, white liberal elites, and others who fault his opposition to affirmative action. He reports considering suicide during a marital crisis, and concluding that he couldn't abandon his son, as his father had abandoned him. (Read more Clarence Thomas stories.)