Occupation: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Why they're hated: Hypocrisy
Signature quote: "People get bent out of shape about the fact that when I was a kid, you could not drink out of certain water fountains. Well, the water was the same."
Clarence Thomas is the successor to Thurgood Marshall as the second black Supreme Court justice. Sadly, that's not his claim to fame—or, rather, infamy.
First, there was the sexual harassment drama with attorney Anita Hill that surrounded his nomination to the Supreme Court in 1991, which was especially ugly considering Thomas was the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), i.e. the very agency responsible for preventing that type of behavior. During the surrounding circus, Thomas even sang the "y'all are trying to keep the black man down" song until he was finally, and narrowly, confirmed.
But what really gets under people's skin are Thomas' views on affirmative action. As a longstanding opponent, he compared it to slavery when citing the University of Texas at Austin's admissions policy. He also alleges that Yale Law School's affirmative action policy reduced the value of his law degree to a mere "15 cents." This, coming from a man who got from Pin Point, Ga. to Yale Law as a result of affirmative action.
It's as contradictory as a man who, as CNN pointed out, once "warned people that a revolution was coming and memorized the speeches of Malcolm X," in addition to believing "the whole of American culture was irretrievably tainted by racism" following Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, supported the gutting of the Voting Rights Act.
To this day, Thomas remains arguably the most conservative chair on the Supreme Court, making the title of "the anti-Thurgood Marshall" a deserved crown of thorns.