In the wake of the failed attempt to block Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, liberals have found another conservative justice to attack: Clarence Thomas.
According to WTOC 11, a recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where Thomas once served as an altar bar, has circulated a petition among students to get his name stripped off a building named in his honor. Sage Lucero believes that allowing Thomas’ name to continue to be on the Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation creates a toxic environment, the Miami Herald reported.
Thomas was famously accused of sexual harassment in the 11th hour of his confirmation hearings in 1990. Anita Hill, an attorney who worked for Thomas, accused him of making comments to her of a sexual nature and repeatedly asking her for a date, according to the New York Times.
Other women who had worked with Thomas stood up for Hill, saying they believed something like that could have happened. But other female colleagues defended Thomas’ character and said they never heard any sexual comments come out of his mouth. After the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to recommend him, Thomas was confirmed by a very narrow margin by way of a full vote on the Senate floor.
“I don’t want any other female who has hopes and dreams to have to walk through the doors of that building,” Lucero insisted. “They shouldn’t have to be subjugated to that toxic feeling.”
Lucero said she’d like the building named after Hill instead, writing in the petition that, “It’s utterly disgraceful to me that I attended a school where a building was named after a sexual predator. And not just any sexual predator, one who wrongfully won against a woman’s word.”
Sarah Boussey, a senior at the college, added that “By naming a building after Clarence Thomas makes it feel as though sexual assault in the workplace isn’t taken seriously…. In this current political climate with what’s going on with Kavanaugh, something needs to change,” according to local ABC affiliate WJCL 22.
Notice how alleged “sexual harassment” got turned into “sexual assault” and “sexual predator”?
Senior Andrew Paynter did, pointing out that “Their bold claims seem to be too harmful. In our society, you just can’t accuse people of things.”
As of 12:15 p.m. Eastern on Friday, the petition had around 2,400 signatures. But a new petition to preserve Thomas’ name on the building has gained over 7,500.
The “Keep Justice Thomas’ name on the Clarence Thomas Center for Historical Preservation @ SCAD" petition was started by Lamar Bowman, a parent of two SCAD graduates.
“I am proud to know that there is a building on that campus that recognizes one of the most accomplished African Americans of our time,” he declared. “I am proud to live in a country where someone can begin life deep within the clutches of poverty and racial oppression, but through hard work, education, faith, and determination become a Senior Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
“We cannot become a nation where the bedrock legal standard of presumption of innocence is abandoned, character forever impugned and lives forever ruined in the pursuit of petty political partisanship,” Bowman continued before asking people to sign the petition in order to “support Justice Thomas and his legacy” and urge the president of SCAD to keep his name preserved.