The Smithsonian believes Colin Kaepernick is worthy of honor, but Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is not.
You read that right, Kaepernick disrespects the national anthem and is admitted to the African American Museum, but one of the only two African Americans to serve on the Supreme Court was an afterthought?
This is absolutely disgraceful. Justice Thomas has a spotless record of character and service as a Justice.
There were unsubstantiated allegations from Anita Hill during his confirmation hearings, yet in over two decades on the Supreme Court, no one has ever impugned Justice Thomas’ character.
So why has an unemployed free agent NFL player been given more “African American Cred” than one of two black Supreme Court Justices?
It took nearly 15,000 citizens to rise up in outrage and petition the Smithsonian to get Justice Thomas included. Outrageous.
“After months of controversy over Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas being left out of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Institution has announced it will honor black Americans who have served on the nation’s highest court.
Inquiries from Breitbart News to the Smithsonian as to why it was including free agent NFL player Colin Kaepernick and his protests in their collection and not Justice Thomas were not answered, despite multiple inquiries.
But now Linda St. Thomas, chief spokesperson for the Smithsonian Institution, said the museum has installed an exhibition case called “The Supreme Court” honoring Thomas and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was also African American.
“There is a label for Thurgood Marshall and one for Clarence Thomas, the two African Americans who have served on the Supreme Court,” St. Thomas said.
The label for Justice Thomas reads, “Clarence Thomas: From Seminary School to Supreme Court Bench.” The exhibition includes his photo and an image of Jet magazine that he appeared on the cover of in 1991, the Washington Times reported.
The exhibition also lists Supreme Court rulings that were “landmark decisions on matters of race, as well as issues of ancestry, ethnicity and tribal sovereignty.”
The Supreme Court installation comes as the museum celebrates its one-year anniversary this month.
But this did not just happen. Amazingly it took a great deal of work from many people. In total, over 15,000 petitions finally got the Smithsonian’s attention.
The Washington Times reported:
“A petition is calling on the Smithsonian Institution to rectify the omission of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.
More than 15,000 people have signed the StandUnited petition, which tells the director of the museum not to “overlook African American leaders like Justice Clarence Thomas” just because they’re conservative.
“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 reads.
“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.”
Angela Mirabito, senior campaign organizer for StandUnited, said the petition is a grass-roots effort started by someone who was outraged by the exclusion of Justice Thomas.
“The petition was started by a petitioner who just saw that there were really prominent black conservatives who were left out of this great new museum here in D.C.,” Ms. Mirabito said. “I talked to her, and she really saw that that museum should be celebrating people who have made fabulous contributions, and Justice Thomas is one of them.”
The petition joins a growing chorus of politicians, pundits and everyday Americans who have condemned the museum, which opened in September, for failing to mention Justice Thomas in any of its inaugural exhibitions.
In December Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sent a letter to the director of the African-American history museum asking for the life and accomplishments of the influential jurist to be recognized.
“I am concerned that millions of Americans, of all ages, races, religions, and walks of life, when passing through this museum, will be subjected to a singular and distorted view of Justice Thomas, an African-American who survived segregation, defeated discrimination, and ascended all the way to the Supreme Court,” the letter read.
Asked for comment on the petition, Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas referred to the museum’s response to Mr. Cruz.
“While we recognize that we cannot tell every story in the inaugural exhibitions of our newest museum,” it read, “we will continue to host new exhibitions over time as we interpret the African American experience, and we expect that Justice Thomas’s story will be an excellent illustration of one of the themes that exemplify that experience.”
The museum does not mention Justice Thomas, but it does reference Anita Hill, who accused the jurist of sexual harassment during his Senate confirmation hearings. It also includes an exhibit featuring the Black Lives Matter movement.
“The persistent efforts to undermine Justice Thomas and his compelling body of jurisprudence, and to ignore the spectacular Horatio Alger story of his life, are part of a deliberate strategy to silence a conservative voice from someone who might serve as a transformative role model in the African-American community in particular, and the American community more broadly.”
Justice Thomas more than deserves recognition, and it is a shame it took 15,000 petitions to make it happen.