The new Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture treats conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas like a mere footnote while heralding the woman who accused him of sexual harassment, Anita Hill.

Twenty-five years ago, Thomas became the second black Supreme Court Justice when he succeeded Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice.



Neither man’s accomplishments as jurists on the high court get as much attention as Hill, though Marshall’s work on a landmark case as a lawyer is recognized. h/t circa

“The second most important black person in the United States after President Obama.”

— Mark Paoletta


“Absolutely the top black conservative. I’d say even the top conservative,” said Mark Paoletta, a former lawyer in the George H. W. Bush White House, which nominated Thomas.