Tag: Jacque Lacan

Silence and Segregation: On Clarence Thomas as a Lacanian Performance Artist

Toward the end of his life the legendary French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan would lead his seminars in almost absolute silence. Though he suffered from some kind of aphasia,┬áLacan’s silences are often held to signify more than silence. In keeping with his theory, they mark a presence. Silence speaks. I thought of Lacan when I read this statement from Clarence Thomas, which Jonathan Chait flagged the other day. My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day […]