Sen. Ted Cruz has urged leaders of the Smithsonian Institution to add Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to its museum of African-American History and Culture due to his “enormous legacy and impact.”
In a letter, the Texas Republican said the new museum has been rightly praised for its detailed, complex and powerful portrayal of the African-American experience in the United States, but it shouldn’t have omitted Clarence Thomas, the second African-American justice to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as the longest serving African-American justice.
The former Republican presidential candidate noted that “the tapestry of our nation’s history includes both the disgraceful epoch of slavery and the inspiring endeavors of legendary African-American leaders like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Cruz wrote he believes the museum has “made a mistake by omitting the enormous legacy and impact of Justice Thomas, as well as his compelling background.”
“Justice Thomas’s dramatic journey from enduring entrenched racial discrimination to serving on the highest court in a country of 320 million people is one that should be shouted from the rooftops to all Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity,” he wrote, explaining that the justice grew up in the segregated deep south of coastal Georgia.
“Because of his Geechee heritage, he experienced discrimination from other African Americans as well as from whites,” Cruz quoted a Thomas expert, Mark Paoletta, as saying. “Thomas was fortunate that he was sent at age seven to live with his grandparents, who were both strong role models.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post