... the outcome of the Clarence Thomas hearings and his subsequent appointment to the Supreme Court shows how misguided, narrow notions of racial solidarity that suppress dissent and critique can lead black folks to support individuals who will not protect their rights.
bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American author, feminist, and human rights advocate. Outlaw Culture, ch. 5 (1994).
In 1991, hearings were held on Republican President George Bush's nomination of Clarence Thomas (b. 1948), an African American conservative judge, for appointment to the Supreme Court. Hooks was speaking of those hitherto liberal African Americans who supported Thomas even though he took positions that were antithetical to theirs: e.g., he opposed affirmative action.