Clarence Thomas is seen in a high school year book photo, circa 1959. He said that people are more sensitive about race now than they were when he lived in segregated Georgia and was the first black student to attend his school. AP hide caption

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Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld appear on NBC News' Today show. Peter Kramer/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama shakes hands after giving the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Larry Downing/AP hide caption

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