Lynching redux

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Aug 2 22:38:09 UTC 2005

yOn Tue, 2 Aug 2005, Joanne M. Despres wrote:

> Excuse me for butting in, but it seems to me that Thomas' use of
> "lynching" was more than just figurative -- it was allusive.  He was
> intentionally comparing his experience to that of literal lynching
> victims.  At least that was how I interpreted his words.

I believe the term for what Thomas was doing is "playing the race card."

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
Associate Librarian for Collections and     YALE DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS
  Access and Lecturer in Legal Research     Yale University Press,
Yale Law School                             forthcoming
e-mail: fred.shapiro at     

More information about the Ads-l mailing list