I WILL NEVER STEP FOOT IN THE SMITHSONIAN’S AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM UNLESS I’M ON A SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION FOR A LOVED ONE AND HERE’S WHY.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been excluded from the annals of the Smithsonian’s African American museum. Well, I guess he hasn’t technically been excluded. He’s been footnoted in the feature of Anita Hill. The museum has chosen to lionize Anita Hill, the woman who accused Justice Thomas of sexual harassment. In my opinion it doesn’t matter which side you find yourself on concerning Ms. Hill’s allegations, if you are a reasonable person and certainly if you are black you should be offended that Justice Thomas, only the second EVER black Supreme Court justice, was shamefully dismissed. Think about it. Exactly what has Ms. Hill accomplished? Can’t think of anything? There’s a reason for that. It’s pretty ironic that Anita Hill, whose only claim to fame is that she accused then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her, is featured in the museum. Without Justice Thomas, Anita Hill isn’t even a blip on the pop culture radar.
Here’s a little background on Clarence Thomas. He was born in Pin Point Georgia, a historically black community that was originally founded by freedmen (freed slaves) after the Civil War. The town he grew up in lacked a sewage system and paved roads. His father left his mother when he was the just two years old. And yet he made it to Yale, graduated, practiced law, was appointed a federal judgeship and finally nominated to and confirmed for the second highest position in America, being only the second black person to do so. Come on people this isn’t rocket science. That’s one HECK of an achievement.
Truth is, the sexual harassment accusation isn’t keeping the Honorable Justice Thomas from being memorialized. Here’s the real deal. Clarence Thomas is not just a Supreme Court justice; he’s a conservative Supreme Court justice. This isn’t about propriety it’s about politics. And since the Smithsonian has made it clear where they stand, I’m making it clear where I stand and it won’t be in the Smithsonian’s African American museum.
As a side note, I also discovered they have a Ku Klux Klan hood on display in the museum. I just hope they spelled Democrats correctly on the plaque beneath it.