The Clarence Thomas myth that refuses to die

(CNN)It’s the horror movie villain that won’t die, the pop song you can’t get out of your head, the out-of-town guest that just won’t leave. It’s the notion that black people despise Clarence Thomas because he’s a conservative. It’s not only a myth but a con. Here’s why it matters now. We are about to hear a lot about, and from, the only black member of the US Supreme Court. A new Thomas biography, “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas,” is generating buzz. A new PBS documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” comes out next year. And a Washington Post writer recently dedicated an entire column to Thomas, calling him “an American hero.” It’s all adding up to …