It does appear that Donald Trump may have competition in his title of the most hated man in America. And the challenger to that title is someone we all, unfortunately, know well. It is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. At this point, it is not a question of who hates Thomas. It’s a question of who DOESN’T.
And this has been made all the more clear by the petition to impeach Thomas, which now has millions of signatures. And now, the past has reached out to collide with the present in regards to Justice Thomas.
A tweet has gone viral. This tweet is from Jeanne Theoharis. Theoharis is a Professor at Brooklyn College. And she has shared a letter. This letter is from Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.
It is dated September 13, 1991. And it spells out in no uncertain terms the danger Parks felt Thomas was to America.
“His confirmation to the highest court in the land would not represent a step forward in the road to racial progress but a u-turn on that road.”
“His statements on Brown v. Board of Education case.. and even on the Roe v. Wade to me indicate that he wants to push the clock back.”
“The Supreme Court now appears to be turning its back on the undeniable fact of discrimination and exclusion.”
“I believe that Judge Thomas will accelerate that trend, and that will be destructive to our nation.”
It is remarkable, is it not? This could have been written yesterday. Its relevance and meaning can’t be denied.
And many people are aware of this.
“Thank you so much for this.”
“Rosa parks knew — wisdom.”
“America needs to start listening to those who know so much.”
“Thank you for helping us remember her prescient words.”
We must listen carefully to history and to the people who made history. Their warnings can often prove invaluable. Sadly Thomas is part of the Court. Not enough people listened to Parks. But if we vote — and win — perhaps we can yet change the coast of history as it relates to Clarence Thomas — a man who should never have been allowed onto the highest court in the land.