During a recent law school lecture, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia helped to dispel the damaging stereotype of black incompetence. Specifically, Scalia refuted the widely held belief that Justice Clarence Thomas is his puppet when he indicated that it was Thomas who had led him further to the right over the past two decades, rather than the other way around. As I wrote in an article nearly 10 years ago, Thomas is anything but Scalia’s flunky, and claims to the contrary, even when made by other blacks, are often rooted in the myth that blacks cannot think for themselves.
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