Following the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, all the talk centered around a picture of Michelle Obama hugging former President George W. Bush, the man her husband Barack still blames for his own personal failings as president. What was not addressed until Monday, more than a week after the museum’s opening, is that the most prominent black conservative in modern history, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was merely an afterthought for the Smithsonian.
While Thomas, a sitting Supreme Court Justice, is barely mentioned, the woman who accused him of sexual harassment, Anita Hill, in what many described as a “high-tech lynching” of Thomas in an attempt by the Left to stop a black conservative from serving on the Supreme Court, is featured prominently and often throughout the museum. Even worse, the way in which the information about Anita Hill is stated would lead many who are unaware of the outcome of Hill’s testimony to believe that Thomas was guilty, which he wasn’t.
Mark Paoletta, a former lawyer in the George H. W. Bush White House, which nominated Thomas offered this description of him. He said, “Absolutely the top black conservative. I’d say even the top conservative.”
But, this new Smithsonian, which was approved under George W. Bush and built during the time Barack Obama has been in office, obviously thinks a woman who accused someone of sexual harassment, with no real evidence to support the allegations, deserves to be preserved in history more than the first black conservative Supreme Court Justice.
Beyond making Clarence Thomas merely an afterthought in the museum, the Smithsonian also gave more prominence to Anita Hill than they did liberal Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court Justice.
Hill, the woman who accused Thomas of sexual harassment at his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings, gets plenty of attention. She is featured in the museum’s vignette to blacks in the 1990s and has her photo prominently shown along with multiple quotes about her.