Liberals drone on and on about the need for inclusivity, tolerance, and for more attention highlighting the accomplishments of blacks in modern American society.
Unfortunately, it seems they don’t quite know how to practice what they preach.
The brand spanking new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, geared toward prominently displaying the role African-Americans have played in our nation’s history, has decided to leave out Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Undoubtedly this has a little something to do with his conservatism, but what’s really egregious is that the museum has given a rather prominent display to Anita Hill, the woman who accused Thomas of sexual harassment.
According to BizPacReview, The new Smithsonian, which opened in September, gives Hill pride of place in an exhibit on blacks in the 1990s. The exhibit features testimonies trumpeting her courage and the surge of women’s activism that ensued, while making only peripheral reference to the nation’s second black Supreme Court justice.
There is no showcase of Thomas’s own life and career, which ran its own harsh gauntlet of racial discrimination.
“I am not surprised that Justice Thomas’ inspiring life story is not a part of the new museum,” Mark Paoletta, an assistant White House Counsel in the George H. W. Bush administration who worked on the Thomas confirmation, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Civil rights leaders have tried for decades to malign Justice Thomas because he actually dares to have his own views on race issues. One prominent liberal Supreme Court practitioner has called Justice Thomas ‘our greatest Justice,’ but you would never know that listening to the civil rights leadership.”
One of the reasons it’s shocking not to see Thomas included in this museum is because he was intimately acquainted with racial discrimination:
Thomas was born in Georgia’s coastal lowlands among impoverished Gullah-speakers. By his own account, he did not master the Queen’s English until his early 20s. He came of age in Jim Crow Savannah, where he was in turn ridiculed by white neighbors and classmates for his unpolished style, one of many indignities typical of his adolescence in the racist south. The startling racial injustices of his youth, by discipline and sheer force of will, gave way to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. and Yale Law School.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, he served as chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency tasked with policing discrimination in the private sector.
The EEOC of 1982 was mired in an administrative tarpit. A Government Accountability Office report issued two months into his tenure criticized years of fiscal malfeasance. The report found the absence of internal accounting controls left bills unpaid and receivables uncollected, while federally-mandated records were largely unreliable.
By all accounts, Thomas was a diligent administrator effectively completing a thankless task, reforming an inert agency for a new era. He oversaw the opening of a new headquarters, introduced new technologies like personal computers, and won one of the largest workplace discrimination settlements in the history of the agency, securing a $42.5 million award from an automaker in 1983.
His litigation methods, however, were deeply unpopular with the civil rights firmament. He abandoned class action lawsuits and findings of discrimination based on statistics. He saw both mechanisms as tools for bludgeoning the private sector into compliance with a clientelistic agenda, in which corporate entities would agree to timetables and quotas devised by white liberals for hiring minorities, while making sizable donations to black social organizations.
If liberals want to claim to be about racial equality, an admirable and necessary cause to be sure, then why is it their actions don’t fit with their espoused ideology?
Surely a black man being appointed to the Supreme Court is an important accomplishment that deserves to be honored and praised, right?
Perhaps those accomplishments only count when you’re a raging leftist? If so, doesn’t that sort of come off, as you know, racist?
Such action exposes the heart of liberalism, a belief system that has been steeped in racism for many years, but has snowballed entire people groups into believing they care about equality.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]