In 21st Century America, no one can escape politics. It has become infused into our social media sites, sports leagues, and now our beloved museums.
I expected better from the Smithsonian.
The new Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s tagline is “powerful moments in African American history, culture, and community.” However, the museum doesn’t include many prominent blacks, including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Edward Brooke, a Republican who became the first African American to be elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote in 1966.
CNSNews.com asked: “Many prominent African Americans are not included in the museum, most notably Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas … Can [the institute say] why Thomas and the others listed below are not a part of the museum exhibits?”
Linda St. Thomas, chief spokesperson for the Smithsonian, replied: “There are many compelling personal stories about African Americans who have become successful in various fields, and, obviously, Associate Justice Thomas is one of them,” St. Thomas said in an email. “However, we cannot tell every story in our inaugural exhibitions.
What Ms. St. Thomas really means is the museum cannot tell every conservative story. Missing from the museum are MI State Senator Cora Brown, Alveda King, Senator Tim Scott, former Cincinnati Mayor Kenneth Blackwell, Michael Steele, and Thomas Sowell, every one a noted Republican.