Although Judge Clarence Thomas has been a supreme court justice for 25 years, his presence is notably missing from the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. And there’s one conservative group who wants to change that.
StandUnited website has launched a petition calling for Thomas to be included in the museum. The petition entitled “Director for Smithsonian Museum of African-American Culture and History, Lonnie Bunch III : Don’t Overlook African American Leaders like Justice Clarence Thomas,” has 7,000 signatures.
Now, the museum does actually mention Thomas, but only when it has to do with the Anita Hill case. And now, that hair is no where to be found in the exhibit.
The petition states:
“It is obvious politics is what kept Justice Thomas out of the museum. For years, he has been shunned by the liberal black community since he has spoken out against affirmative action. He has written that affirmative action amounts to racial discrimination, and detailed how it worked against him when he was trying to find work as a lawyer.
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 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. It is time to call on the museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch III, to include American leaders and conservative thinkers such as Justice Clarence Thomas.”
One of the first thoughts that came to my mind is if Thomas actually donated to the museum, and maybe if he didn’t, that’s one of the reasons why he wasn’t prominently included.
Clutchettes, do you think Judge Thomas should be included in the museum?