8 February 2003
“You have this ultraconservative black judge who is married in Virginia, and of course it was the case Loving v. Virginia that struck down antimiscegenation laws. But not only does he live in Virginia; his wife’s name is Virginia. And another thing is he is the Supreme Court’s most vocal proponent of originalism. He could never have been married under the Constitution as it was originally written. And then during his confirmation hearings, one of his strongest advocates is Strom Thurmond. I mean, this was beyond anything any novelist could have come up with.” Randall Kennedy on Clarence Thomas in tomorrow’s NYT Magazine