16 October 2016

New Smithsonian Institute Museum Discriminates Against Justice Clarence Thomas

Update: The Smithsonian has responded (kinda) to the criticism:
“There are many compelling personal stories about African Americans who have become successful in various fields, and, obviously, Associate Justice Thomas is one of them,” St. Thomas said in an email. “However, we cannot tell every story in our inaugural exhibitions.
But they did tell Anita Hill's story. I could buy their excuse (maybe) were it not for that little factoid.
 From The Hill:
according to a recent news report, the museum somehow has room for just a glancing negative reference to Clarence Thomas, the only black justice currently sitting on the United States Supreme Court, and only the second to ever do so. This is a shocking slight that the museum must redress.
The slight is especially glaring because this month marks the 25th anniversary of his arrival on the Supreme Court. . . . Unfortunately, by ignoring the contributions of Justice Thomas, the National Museum of African American History and Culture implies that there’s no room for a black man who dares to challenge conventional wisdom of the Left. It also ensures that visitors will learn nothing about one of our nation’s most significant jurists.
From National Review:
What is the Smithsonian Institution? It is a depository of national treasures and a national treasure in and of itself. It is the world’s largest system of museums — 19 museums, nine research centers, 138 million items in the archive, etc. . . . It is also corrupt. . . . The Smithsonian has opened a new National Museum of African American History and Culture, a long overdue addition to its offerings. And in this version of African-American history and culture, black conservatives do not exist. Specifically, the life and career of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas have been — forgive the term — whitewashed from the record.
While many leftist historians moral reformers and other elitist academic types often bemoan how others politicize history, it is rather apparent they are simply projecting their own "profession's" mishandling of the facts in order to advance their own agenda.  

“The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. The absolute worst I have ever been treated. The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, [were] by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia.” ~ Justice Clarence Thomas

Readers may profit from this related post about Justice Thomas and one of his observations about the grievance industry that seems to have overtaken much of academia.


Mark Snell said...

Well, that is one more thing on which we agree. That makes three: relic hunting, my aversion to most of academia (but unlike you, I witnessed it first hand in departmental meetings--but I always won the arguments), and the left-leaning leadership of the Smithsonian. Do you remember the brouhaha over the Enola Gay exhibit some two decades ago?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Mark. "Great minds . . . " ;-)

Yes, I do recall the Enola Gay, which makes this piece of news all the less surprising. It's the ruling class elite's way of erasing memories that make them uncomfortable - as well as keeping the complete truth of history hidden. One might say they're creating their own safe space.