CORRECTION APPENDED: This story incorrectly stated that Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas was the nation’s first black Supreme Court justice. Thurgood Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice.

Brian Merlos

It is hard to put a price on something as prestigious as a degree from Yale Law School, but the nation’s second black Supreme Court justice reckons it’s about 15 cents – because the school’s affirmative action policies cheapened the achievement, according to Thomas’s new book. But he doesn’t stop with his alma mater. In a book that reads a little bit like a hit list, Thomas settles scores with everyone who he feels has wronged him. And the list is long. Of course, Anita Hill aside, the arch conservative’s real nemesis is any law or social program passed after 1789. Watch out affirmative action, you’re next.

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