He’s only the second black man to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. He’ll soon pass Justice Thurgood Marshall as the longest-serving black justice. He has received the Francis Boyer award, an honor bestowed upon “individuals who have made exceptional practical or scholarly contributions to improved government policy and social welfare.”
Yet, Clarence Thomas still finds himself excluded from the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Smithsonian.
Worse yet, the only mention of Thomas in the museum is tangentially as part of an exhibit on Anita Hill, who accused him of sexual harassment in the early 1990s. A story which had several holes and little basis in fact.
Americans are now calling for Thomas to earn his rightful spot in the museum, circulating a petition that has garnered well over 16,000 signatures.
“Justice Clarence Thomas is the second black man to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and a steadfast conservative who protects our closely held freedoms,” the petition states. “He has established himself as one of the brightest legal minds of his generation, yet the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture fails to include any mention of his numerous accolades.”
Via the Washington Free Beacon:
More than 15,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Smithsonian’s recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture to include Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
“Curators at the museum singled out Thomas due to his unique views on race and his conservative thought that the federal government is the greatest threat to our individual liberties,” the petition says. “The museum highlights people of less noble endeavors, and it is unfathomable to think the curators were not open-minded enough to include all historically significant African Americans, no matter their political beliefs.”
Thomas’ contributions to the court are numerous:
1 practitioner’s view:Try writing brief on patent law, preemption, commercial speech, or fines w/o citing Thomas op. https://t.co/hr5WHWl0Rg
— John Elwood (@johnpelwood) October 26, 2016
Thomas joined the Supreme Court over 25 years ago, and still has to fight to have his legacy recognized. Why? Perhaps the Justice summed it up best in his own words during a commencement speech to Hillsdale College.
“I admit to being unapologetically Catholic, unapologetically patriotic, and unapologetically a Constitutionalist,” he said.
“Do not hide your faith and your beliefs under a bushel basket, especially in this world that seems to have gone mad with political correctness,” Thomas added.
The world has only gone politically correct for one side of the aisle, as there is no reason to exclude such an accomplished African American Constitutionalist from a museum dedicated to honoring prominent African Americans.
The museum can’t continue ignore what Clarence Thomas has done for America. And maybe the radical left should remember this powerful message from Justice Thomas about racism in America:
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