- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Smithsonian Institution says Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas does not have a prominent display at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture because the museum simply “cannot tell every story” about the African-American experience.

The curious omission made national news earlier this month after the museum’s much-anticipated opening. Circa News reported that Justice Thomas, a prominent black conservative, was treated as more of an afterthought while Anita Hill, the woman who accused him of sexual harassment at his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings, was mentioned several times throughout the museum’s halls.

One of the few mentions of Mr. Thomas in the museum reads, “In 1991 Anita Hill charged Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment,” Circa reported.

Another reads, “Anita Hill accused a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, of sexual harassment.”

Museum officials acknowledged earlier this month that Justice Thomas has “very little presence” in any of the exhibitions, Circa reported.

In a statement provided to CNS News on Tuesday, a Smithsonian official explained that the reasoning was because there were simply too many stories to tell and not enough space to tell it.

“There are many compelling personal stories about African Americans who have become successful in various fields, and, obviously, Associate Justice Thomas is one of them,” Linda St. Thomas, chief spokesperson for the Smithsonian, said in an email. “However, we cannot tell every story in our inaugural exhibitions.

“We will continue to collect and interpret the breadth of the African American experience,” she said.

CNS News compiled a list of nine other history-making black conservatives who were not featured in the museum, including Edward Brooke, Cora Brown, Sen. Tim Scott and Thomas Sowell.

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