By:  Rusty Weiss

He’s only the second black man to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. He’ll soon pass Justice Thurgood Marshall as the longest-serving black justice. He has received the Francis Boyer award, an honor bestowed upon “individuals who have made exceptional practical or scholarly contributions to improved government policy and social welfare.”

Yet, Clarence Thomas still finds himself excluded from the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Smithsonian.

Worse yet, the only mention of Thomas in the museum is tangentially as part of an exhibit on Anita Hill, who accused him of sexual harassment in the early 1990s. A story which had several holes and little basis in fact.

Americans are now calling for Thomas to earn his rightful spot in the museum, circulating a petition that has garnered well over 16,000 signatures.

“Justice Clarence Thomas is the second black man to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and a steadfast conservative who protects our closely held freedoms,” the petition states. “He has established himself as one of the brightest legal minds of his generation, yet the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture fails to include any mention of his numerous accolades.”

Via the Washington Free Beacon:

More than 15,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Smithsonian’s recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture to include Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The StandUnited petition asks the museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch III, not to exclude Thomas because he holds conservative views, the Washington Times reported Wednesday.

“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 says. “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.”

 

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