February marks African American History Month. Throughout the month, African American icons are honored for the important contributions they have made for a better world. However, a group of Black Republican lawmakers are noting that one individual isn’t receiving the credit they feel he deserves – Justice Clarence Thomas.
This week, an effort was launched led by a letter written by freshman Florida Rep. Byron Donalds (R), and the effort urged the National Museum of African American History and Culture to “honor” the Supreme Court Justice because they feel that the current exhibit “falls short” of representing him and his contributions. The effort also called for an update that is “long overdue.”
The letter directed to the museum’s leadership was also signed by Senator Tim Scott (R), Rep. Burgess Owns (R) and Dr. Alveda King among others.
“This museum is a national treasure for our nation’s fabric – this is especially true for me as a Black American and Republican,” Donalds expressed in the letter.
Donalds further detailed that “Black History transcends political correctness and partisanship,” adding that “overall, the NMAAHC honors its mission, but it is unfortunate to see pitfalls likely driven by irresponsible bias.”
Making the case for why Justice Thomas deserves to be honored in the museum, Donalds explained that he is “associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, is a notable figure in Black history and American history as one of only two Black men to serve on the nation’s highest court.” Informing that Thomas is a descendant of American slaves, Donalds also commented that Thomas is someone who “persevered to become a stalwart figure in the American judicial system and history.”