What the New Black History Museum’s Curators Think of Justice Clarence Thomas

ClarenceThomasSources reported that Justice Clarence Thomas, the only black U.S. Supreme Court justice and only the second to sit on the bench (after Thurgood Marshall) receives a scant mention at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in the nation’s capital, and a negative one at that.

Raffi Williams wrote that the museum “treats conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas like a mere footnote while heralding the woman who accused him of sexual harassment, Anita Hill.”

The text under Hill’s photo notes that she charged Justice Thomas with sexual harassment.

Mark Paoletta, a lawyer worked with Justice Thomas on his confirmation wrote in the The Hill that the museum’s reference to the justice is a slight it must redress.

“The slight is especially glaring because this month marks the 25th anniversary of his arrival on the Supreme Court,” Paoletta wrote. He added that it’s “probable that the museum curators had no room for Thomas because his conservative views make him an ‘Uncle Tom,’ as if arriving at different conclusions from his peers makes him an unsuitable topic for public conversation. But his views in fact have a long tradition in the black community.”

The people who run the museum, which receives tax dollars, don’t consider Justice Thomas, a black man sitting on the nation’s highest court, a commendable part of black Americans’ history.

The Smithsonian included a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger in an exhibit on civil rights.

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  1. Such ideological blindness is part and parcel of our left-driven culture now, but it seems especially willful in the case of Justice Thomas. Yet it is worth remembering that all historical remembrance — whether written or displayed, contemporary or far future — is revisionist. In the Smithsonian context, perhaps it is worth recalling that in ’95 — the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII — the Smithsonian hierarchy short-changed the history of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by focusing on the Japanese part of the story while in large part blowing off the compelling reasons known at the time for using the bombs to end the worst war the world had ever seen. The blowback from the many thousands of WWII vets still alive then forced the institute to revise its plans for that exhibit and present a much more balanced scenario. The powers-that-be at the Smithsonian are as much or more so about politics as they are about history.

  2. What unbeleiveble a**holes. How people can be so ignorant of other views that they are willing to exclude a very important man in not only black history, but American history as a wholeis apalling to me. They should be ashamed of themselves for ACTUALLY being racist. The presumptive conclusion that all blacks must be liberals is itself racist. Leftists have openly become fascists.