Clarence Thomas is one of the most arrogant, opinionated congressmen to ever

serve on Congress. But, luckily he is also one of the most brilliant congressmen to ever

serve on Congress. In this biography hopefully the reader will leave feeling satisfied that

I have provided satisfactory documentation to back up these two "bold" statements. It is

the opinion of many that Clarence Thomas is just a horny, selfish and "typical"

congressman. I feel that it is up to me to justify why this man's name should be spoken

in the same breath as other "firsts" on Congress, such as Thurgood Marshal and Shirley

Chisholm.

Clarence Thomas was born on June 23, 1948 in Pin Point, Georgia. Clarence is

the oldest boy born to M.C. and Leola Thomas. He has an older sister named Emma

Mae, and a younger brother, Myers. Clarence had a rough childhood, at the age of 2 his

father left his mother while she was pregnant with their third child. At the age of seven

Clarence and younger brother Myers were forced to move in with their grandparents,

Christine and Myers Anderson, because their house burned down. In a June 1987 speech

to the Heritage Foundation Thomas recalled, "My household…was strong, stable, and

conservative…." In his household, God was central. School, discipline, hard work, and

knowing right from wrong were of the highest priority. Crime welfare, slothfulness, and

alcohol were enemies. This strict upbringing proved beneficial to Clarence as far as his

schoolwork was concerned, but as far as religion and moral issues are concerned maybe

he tried to tune his grandparents out.

After high school Thomas was going to enter the priesthood through the

Immaculate Conception Seminary in Conception, Missouri. Thomas later on decided to

leave the Seminary in 1968 due to racial issues. Also during 1968 he transferred to Holy

Cross, a Jesuit college in Worcester, Massachusetts. At Holy Cross, along with others he

formed the Black Student Union. Thomas graduated from Holy Cross cum laude-ninth

in his class-from Holy Cross in 1971 with an A.B. degree in English literature. In

September 1971 Thomas entered Yale Law School which had recently adopted an

affirmative action program of aggressively recruiting minorities. In a 1983 speech

Thomas was quoted as saying in a speech to Equal Employment Opportunity

Commission staffers, he said, "But for affirmative action, God only knows where I would

be today. These laws and their proper application are all that stand between the first

seventeen years of my life and the second seventeen years. But on the other hand, Juan

Williams quoted him as saying, "I don't think black people are indebted to anybody for

anything. Nobody has done us any favors in this country, buddy. This thing about how

they let me into Yale-that kind of stuff offends me. All they did was stop stopping us.

Thomas and most of his associates have told interviewers that affirmative action for

economically disadvantaged people might be justified in certain circumstances but that

race-based policies end up benefiting mainly middle-class blacks and do little to alleviate

the poverty of the majority.

Thomas began his career as a politician as a Democrat working for George S.

McGovern's campaign team in the 1972 election. For reasons that have yet to be found

Thomas then switched over to being a Republican within the next four years. Thomas

told Howard Kurt from the Washington Post that, "The Democratic party just did not

level with me." "They continued to promise some kind of salvation for minorities, talked

down about poverty programs, always enshrouded everything in civil rights." In

contrast,himself, when extreme black conservative Thomas Sowell wrote a book, Thomas

felt like the book was "manna from heaven". In 1977 Thomas joined the Saint Louis

based Monsato Company in as a staff attuorney dealing with pesticide, fungicide, and

rodenticide law. Then two years later in 1979, he went to Washington, D.C., to work for

John C. Danforth who was on the United States senate. In December 1980 Thomas

Sowell invited Thomas to speak at the Fairmont conference, which was a meeting of 100

black conservatives. In 1981 Thomas joined the Reagan administrationas an assistant

secretaryfor civil rights in the Department of Education, but he resented in being placed

in an area where they