Yesterday, US Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL), joined by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and other prominent black conservatives, in congress fought on behalf of the great Justice Clarence Thomas and his legacy.
Justice Thomas is the second African American man to sit on the Supreme Court after Thurgood Marshall. However, because of his conservative roots, it is anticipated that he will likely not get the notoriety he deserves and not be showcased in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In response, Donalds and Scott composed the following in a letter to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to ensure his legacy stays intact.
“The descendant of American slaves, Justice Thomas persevered to become a stalwart figure in the American judicial system and history. As a Black man who has a profound respect for the contributions Justice Thomas has propitiated for generations to come, this museum must encapsulate his life as it does for hundreds of other monumental Black figures. Respectfully, as it stands today, the NMAAHC falls short of representing Justice Thomas’s achievements and life. The American people deserve an unbiased assessment of the trailblazers in the Black community––it is time to honor Justice Thomas with this long-overdue documentation of his whole life and history and not the disingenuous effort displayed today.”
If the Smithsonian board truly has concern for the integrity of Black history, they will look past his convictions and reflect the truth of history.