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Race and Gender in American Politics-Case of Clarence Thomas

Politics Case of Clarence Thomas Vinay Lal THE recent confirmation of Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court brought to an end the melodrama upon which the attention of the entire nation was riveted for a few days in mid- October. Under Article II, Sec 2 of the US Constitution, the senate is armed with the authority of reviewing presidential appointments and treaties signed with foreign powers. Thomas' confirmation appeared to have been jeopardised when it became public knowledge that Anita Hill, a professor of law at the University of Oklahoma who had worked for Thomas in Washington, had made it known to the senate judiciary committee, the official body entrusted with the task of assessing the fitness of a nominee to sit on the Supreme Court, that Thomas had at the workplace conducted himself in her presence in such a manner as to constitute sexual harassment. By the close vote of 52-48, indeed the narrowest margin by which a nominee to the Supreme Court has ever been confirmed by the senate, Thomas was elevated to the highest court in the country.

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