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09/29/2007 12:32 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Meet Clarence Thomas, Self-Loather

From a Washington Post article about the new autobiography from Clarence Thomas:

Thomas has been a sharp critic of affirmative action and the use of racial classifications in schools, but he acknowledges in the book that he was admitted to Yale Law School in 1971 partly because he was black. "I'd graduated from one of America's top law schools -- but racial preference had robbed my achievement of its true value."

That's the most bizarre thing I've read in some time. In effect, he's saying this:

"I got into Yale because I'm black, but they shouldn't have accepted me based on that, and the fact that they did makes me feel diminished."

His achievement has been robbed of its true value, he claims? The man now has a lifetime appointment to the United States Supreme Court, for God's sake. The foundation for getting the job was surely his prestigious Yale parchment.

Let's be clear: racial preference helped get him in the door of a law school that historically lacked African-American representation, but it damn sure didn't sit through class for him, take exams for him, or pass the bar for him.

He had to do all of that on his own, even if his skin color were green (which it seems to be, with envy).

I'm no psychiatrist, but Justice Thomas strikes me as someone who doesn't like himself.