In March, Amazon censored a well-produced and popular documentary, dropping it from its digital video offerings. Yet the company still sells Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung: The Little Red Book. And rightly so: sunlight is the best antidote to bad ideas and free people are capable of critical reasoning.
But not so for the most dangerous of media, which featured Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Upon hearing that Amazon yanked the Thomas documentary without explanation, I assumed it had to be a humdinger of a partisan political product, full of red meat and ideology. When I actually watched the film, I realized it was far more radical and effective than that.
“Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” brilliantly directed by Michael Pack, consists primarily of Thomas walking the audience through key parts of his life, juxtaposed against interesting historical footage. But far more than his mere biography, the ideas and views he calmly conveys, derived from a remarkable life led overcoming immense challenges, fundamentally undermine the critical race theory-driven society into which the Left is attempting to cram the American people.
In 1948, Thomas was born in rural poverty in Pin Point, Georgia. When he came home one day to find the shack he was living in turned to ashes, his family moved to living in urban poverty in Savannah. He learned the word “circumnavigate” because blacks had to walk around Forsyth Park.
Thomas was a promising student, but he abandoned seminary when the Church was silent on racism and one of his fellow students expressed satisfaction that Martin Luther King, Jr. had been shot. Thomas reasoned: “And for the first time in my life racism and race explained everything. It became, sort of, the substitute religion; I shoved aside Catholicism and now it was this, it was all about race.”
From there, it was on to radical politics, the Black Students Union, and participating in a drunken riot in Harvard Square. So far so good: had the story ended there, Thomas would be held up as an admirable figure by today’s woke mob.
But then the twist: “I had let myself be swept up by an angry mob for no good reason other than that I, too, was angry. I stopped in front of the chapel and prayed for the first time in nearly two years. I asked God, I said ‘If you take anger out of my heart, I’ll never hate again.’ And that was the beginning of the slow return to where I started.”
That led to the further apostasy of putting one’s child above ideology when the Left was embracing forced busing: “I’d been to South Boston, and I was scared to death to be over there, and the schools were as bad as the schools in Roxbury where the black kids were from. So why were you sending a kid through all that trouble, to go to a school that’s as bad, or worse? That didn’t make any sense to me . . . But I knew one thing, nobody was going to have some social experiment and throw my son in there.”
You may recall from Kamala Harris’ short-lived presidential campaign when she insinuated Joe Biden was a segregationist during a Democratic debate because he, too, had opposed busing in some forms. For a black Supreme Court justice to share this view is beyond the pale for the Left.
Further mortifying to progressives, Thomas candidly disclosed that he ceased to believe that most black criminal defendants were political prisoners when he got to the Missouri attorney general’s office and realized black crime victims overwhelmingly were attacked by criminals of the same race. That is a very inconvenient fact to convey in America today.
Joe Biden appears prominently in the documentary. He comes across poorly—especially in the footage of the circus of a confirmation hearing Biden ran as chairman of the Judiciary Committee for Thomas’s 1991 nomination—which likely is another problem with the film for the censors at Amazon.
In response to Anita Hill’s unsubstantiated sexual harrassment claims again him, Thomas looked dead at Biden and gave the most important Senate testimony of the second half of the 20th century:
And from my standpoint, as a black American, as far as I am concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that, unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you, you will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.
Americans at the time believed Thomas over Hill by about 2-to-1.
Then in the documentary, Thomas brings his views into the present, grousing at those who condemn him for not thinking in a manner expected of blacks: “How is that different from being told ‘you can’t walk across that park’? ‘Oh, you can’t think those thoughts.’ How is that any different? You know what? I’d prefer to be excluded from the park because I can live my life quite freely without having set foot in a park. But you can’t live it freely without having your own thoughts.”
These views are all crimethink in the woke oligopoly that Amazon helps govern. Blacks are victims of institutional racism despite legal reality and decades of history to the contrary. Whites are guilty of privilege and bias no matter how they actually conduct themselves. To disagree is racist, or so the story goes. In that sense, Amazon chose its target of censorship quite wisely. Clarence Thomas is the most dangerous black man in America.