Cancelling Clarence: Amazon Kicks Justice Thomas Off of Platform

Royal Alexander/Opinion

The poisonous and corrosive de-platforming of conservative speech will continue until we demand that such conduct, antithetical to a free society, be stopped

The bias against and efforts to suppress and censor conservative speech, including conservative history, never ends. Early in February during Black History Month, Amazon deleted from its streaming service a documentary film regarding U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The documentary, entitled ‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” was taken from some 30 hours of interviews with Thomas and presented a wide range of his life story. However, presented with a golden opportunity to highlight and showcase the richly inspiring life of a remarkable man who rose to great heights from abject poverty and scarce opportunity while living in a segregated state, Amazon chose to stifle and suppress the story. When questioned about this Amazon never responded. The director of the film noted that the documentary was doing well and selling so it certainly wasn’t deleted because no one wanted to see it.

Justice Thomas is one of the most prominent and well-known black leaders in the world today. He had a very difficult childhood and upbringing, the success of which he unfailingly attributes to his beloved maternal grandfather, Myers Anderson, who raised him as well as the nuns who taught him in Catholic school. Remarkably, it was when he was sent to live with his grandfather that he experienced luxuries like indoor plumbing and regular meals for the first time. From age ten, he worked at a farm from sunrise to sunset. His grandfather imparted ethics of discipline, self-reliance and hard work to Thomas and his younger brother.

Further, while his grandfather had little formal education, he built a successful oil, coal, firewood, and ice business. He was also insistent that Thomas receive a solid education. Thomas, who spoke Gullah as a child, sought to polish his speech and graduated from Holy Cross in 1971 with an A.B. cum laude in English Literature. (Gullah is a term used to describe the creole dialect of English spoken by Gullah and Geechee people). He also briefly attended seminary and then went on to and graduated from Yale Law School.

However, notwithstanding his moral and educational formation, Thomas, for a while, rejected all of that and became a radical who supported the Black Panthers. However, over time, he politically and intellectually returned to the basic, traditional conservatism of his youth and later worked for President Reagan.

Needless to say, the story of Clarence Thomas is far more meaningful and powerfully compelling than much of the often trite and superficial products Amazon offers.

Amazon’s decision is tragic but not surprising. I thought “diversity of thought” was important to the Left? It will likely never admit the truth, but I think we all know why this work regarding Clarence Thomas—as well as documentaries regarding other black conservative historical figures—was purged from the offerings. The Left simply cannot afford to have brilliant and accomplished black leaders in high profile positions who, by the firm and loving guidance of those around them and the sweat of their own brow, have succeeded enormously and now utterly reject the government-centric, nanny state view of life.

A description of another historical figure applies equally to Clarence Thomas. “One such example is worth more to earth than all the stained triumphs of 10,000 Caesars.” May that example be widely known and embraced.

9 thoughts on “Cancelling Clarence: Amazon Kicks Justice Thomas Off of Platform

  1. Knowledge is power and information is powerful! I am 75 and is a Black Independent! Because of my age and being black I understand that I have a different paradigm than most of you who post in these comments! I respect all of you! I just don’t agree with everything y’all post! Peace!

    • Mike Casey: Thomas is a very conservative Justice.

      I heard about Thomas’ stand on the issue of the voting and the election irregularities of the 2020 elections.. See, leftist radical want to brag that the supreme court overturned the request to study the election results. To them that proves there was no election interference. To them, there was no evidence.

      The issue of overturning the 2020 presidential election was handed down to the Supreme Court to decide if the election should be overturned.. The vote to hear this issue was voted on by the 8 justices (Barrett was not seated yet.). This vote was 4-4 and it (the Supreme Court) decided not to take on this case. In other words, the court would not discuss the overturn of the 2020 election. Thomas did not want the court to entertain changing the election results either.

      BUT….Clarence Thomas wrote a Dissent on that vote by the Supreme Court. In his dissent, he wanted the court to not interfere with the outcome of the 2020 election, but he strongly wanted the court to establish better voter laws for future elections. The changing of the voter laws throughout the 2020 election was erratic and not trustworthy to be continued in future elections, he believed. .The election was in chaos and issues like mail in ballots and ballots being received after the election date deadline were examples he cited that probably needed to be overturned . He wanted each state to say how voter laws would be upheld, and not allow any change in voter laws once an election is in progress. Simply, he wanted fair and just elections in the future.

      His dissent was angry!!! His voice was too loud and he was an enemy conservative, so here comes cancel culture at its most rabid. Even his wife was publicly harassed and condemned.

      For whatever it is worth, I totally agree with Justice Thomas. I apologize if my legalese is not correct. And any other error because this is not my strong suit.

      Have a blessed day one and all!!!

  2. Old RN, from a Black Independent who is aware of those mentioned in your post most African American would tell you that Dr. Martin Luther King would be at odds with the others you mentioned! Peace!

    • Hey Randy. I did not say they all agreed on everything. I tried to show they had the really important issues in common like love and respect for their fellow people and dreams for a better life.

      I am sure there are specifics that contradict. I would like to hear what odds there were as I appreciate your response.

    • I know I’m walking into a hornet’s nest here, but I think all the people Old RN mentioned do have a common goal. Times are different, much edgier and in your face than certain times in the past. I just believe that these people would work to change things in a more peaceful than what some people are pushing now. We can achieve peace through peaceful means. As I heard a pastor say once, “It’s hard to hate the one whose hand you just held snd prayed for.”

  3. Anything to silence the right. But they are starting to find that out for themselves that its not just the right anymore.

  4. Thank you Royal.

    There are many beacons of light for black Americans throughout history and in the present. They have similar traits – love for the good of African Americans. Their love is true because it is expressed in mighty voices that when you hear them, you are moved by their passion. Thomas is indeed one example.

    Another example is Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Oh! to hear this man’s speeches! To follow his path was to be guided by love of his people straight from the Spirit of God.

    Another strong voice is Thomas Sewell. Here is a powerful voice that is filled with wisdom and brilliance. So much logical thought!

    Then, there is the new, upcoming voice of Candace Owens. A similar life story to Thomas. Lived with a powerful, life changing childhood influence: a grandfather whose guiding love and truth has landed them where they are today.

    All these great people have one thing in common. They see their African American brothers and sisters as strong, filled with potential, and deserving deep respect. They will tell you:
    YOU CAN. They will tell you of the poison of welfare, that degrades and takes the father out of the family, and the inherent dignity that their people are denied. This dependent type of life is one of boredom with no purpose, idleness and a lack of the powerful force a father can make in a family. See, welfare does not allow a man in the house.

    Sure, not all fathers will rise to the occasion. But I still see this as a step in the right direction. Persevere.

    Follow these people- they show the right path to what all of you deserve. Follow them on facebook, in their books, listening to their speeches, and any other source you can find.

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