WASHINGTON – Republican sen. Ted Cruz says that the Smithsonian has made a mistake by not like the “extraordinary achievements” of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the new National Museum of African American History and culture.
In a letter to heads of state and government of the Smithsonian Institution on Monday, the Texas senator says he was deeply learn dismayed, that Thomas mentioned only briefly in connection with his contentious 1991 hearings, when he faced allegations that he sexually Anita Hill be harassed, when they were colleagues in the Federal government.
“I’m worried that millions of Americans of all ages, races, religions and classes of society are subjected in passing through the museum a singular and a distorted view of justice Thomas, an African-American who survived segregation, defeat discrimination, and drove all the way to the Supreme court,” wrote Cruz.
Thomas has long been a conservative hero, but remains a pariah among the civil rights groups. He was a fierce opponent of “affirmative action” and agreed to block the conservative majority, an important part of the Voting Rights Act is designed to protect minority voters from discrimination.
Cruz, once a law clerk at the Supreme court, shares Thomas’ philosophy of respecting the original text and meaning of the Constitution.
“Judge Thomas” dramatic journey of enduring to entrenched racial discrimination, which is the highest court in a country with 320 million people, we wrote, shouted from the rooftops to all Americans, regardless of race or ethnic origin,” Cruz.
A spokesman for the Smithsonian Institution not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Thomas recently celebrated 25 years on the farm and is “known behind the scenes as one of the most friendly, down-to-earth, and lovable personalities ever to don the robe,” said Cruz.
In the letter, the Cruz the first and only other African-American Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall, who praised the museum says. He proposes an exhibition of the work of Marshall and Thomas, and their differing judicial approaches.
“Of course, I’m not petitions for a partisan hagiography of judge Thomas, I’m not demanding that anything critical will be excluded from it,” Cruz wrote. “I’m simply requesting that a fair and accurate representation of his power will be included full story, for the great benefit of millions of future Museum-goers.”
South Carolina sen. Tim Scott, the only African-American Republican in the Senate, sent to the Smithsonian Directors have a similar letter at the beginning of this month. And to give a group of Republican senators, led by Cruz’s Texas colleague, Republican sen. John Cornyn, which was introduced to encourage a resolution, the museum Thomas a prominent place in their exhibits.