The Smithsonian Museum showed its true colors this week when it opened the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the second black men to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, pretty much can’t be found in the Museum. On the other hand, Anita Hill, a woman who lied under oath before Congress about Thomas and sexual-harassment is given prominent billing.
There is an exhibit dedicated to Hill that trumpets her courage and the surge of women’s activism following her lies about Thomas before the Congress. The Smithsonian couldn’t find space to mention Thomas or his career, which ran a real gauntlet of racial discrimination that carries on today. At the Smithsonian.
Mark Paoletta, an assistant White House Counsel in the George H. W. Bush administration who worked on the Thomas confirmation said, “I am not surprised that Justice Thomas inspiring life story is not a part of the museum. Civil rights leaders have tried for decades to malign Justice Thomas because he actually dares to have his own views on race issues. One prominent liberal Supreme Court practitioner has called Justice Thomas ‘our greatest justice,’ but you would never know that by listening to the civil rights leadership.
Thomas had a very distinguished career before being nominated to the Supreme Court. He grew up dirt poor in Georgia and couldn’t speak proper English until his early 20s. That didn’t deter Thomas. Discipline and the sheer force of his will got him into Holy Cross College in Massachusetts and from there he went on to Yale law school.
He took over the equal employment opportunity commission at a time when, even by government standards, that was a complete mess. Thomas took on the job, was a diligent administrator, and reform the agency.
Thomas angered the civil rights establishment because he didn’t like class-action lawsuits and discrimination findings based on statistics. He’s a strong believer in individual liberty.
The powerful story of Justice Thomas life doesn’t rate a spot with the Smithsonian. That’s because Thomas, thankfully, unlike our current president, isn’t a house Negro who toes the liberal line. Thomas actually thinks for himself and is a strong believer in individual liberty.
Justice Thomas, the Smithsonian may not have a place for you and their stupid Museum but every American who believes in individual liberty and justice has a place for you in their heart.
Thank you for your service Sir.
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