Five Republican lawmakers are calling out the Smithsonian to do the right thing by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Thomas, a distinguished black conservative, was notably missing from the Smithsonian’s African American Museum when it opened earlier this year.
The Smithsonian’s lame excuse at the time was that it couldn’t tell “every story.”
But that’s not sitting well with five GOP senators who drafted a formal resolution to correct what they call the museum’s deliberate “omission.”
Sens. Cornyn and Cruz introduce legislation callin on the Smithsonian to honor Justice Clarence Thomas: pic.twitter.com/1zgagfcVr0
— Abby Livingston (@TexasTribAbby) December 5, 2016
— Buddy Carter (@RepBuddyCarter) December 5, 2016
Carter made a statement about the significance of the resolution in a press release on Wednesday:
“Justice Thomas’ exclusion from the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a tragedy. In a museum designed to highlight American values like resiliency and optimism, Justice Thomas’ background and accomplishments should be highlighted as a representation of overcoming adversity to reach great heights. It is a disservice to his legacy and to the history of this nation to mention his name in a single caption, but provide no exhibit sharing and preserving his remarkable story and critical contributions to our judicial system. Justice Thomas’ contributions to America, his unique life story, and strongly held convictions should be shared and celebrated and I will not give up until the Smithsonian properly recognizes and shares this important part of history.”
The full text of the resolution can be read here.
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