Amazon drops PBS documentary on conservative Justice Clarence Thomas during Black History Month

In a recent report on Breitbart News, Mark Paoletta discussed how Amazon recently dropped an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month.

The documentary titled, Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words was nationally broadcasted on PBS in April 2020 and has a 99 percent audience approval rating on the popular movie rating website Rotten Tomatoes. 

Thomas is the nation’s only black justice currently serving on the U.S. Supreme Court and as Paoletta said:

“One would think that between Amazon’s claim to ‘building an inclusive culture’ and the fact that it’s Black History Month, Amazon would want to stream this inspiring documentary on its platform.”

He added:

“In fact, Amazon Prime created an entire Amplify Black Voices page on its site that ‘features a curated collection of titles to honor Black History Month across four weekly themes (Black Love, Black Joy, Black History Makers, and Black Girl Magic.’”

Reportedly, on the streaming platform that are many films available to stream, including four films (two docudramas and two documentaries) on Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, a liberal icon and the nation’s first black Supreme Court justice.

There are also two films (one docudrama and one documentary) on Anita Hill, who came forward during Thomas’ confirmation hearing to claim that Thomas had sexually harassed her. 

It is clear that Amazon has made a significant effort to celebrate black voices on its site during Black History Month, including the films on Thurgood Marshall and Anita Hill, but there is not enough space for a documentary on the only sitting black Supreme Court jusitce?

According to Paoletta, this makes absolutely no sense, unless Amazon made the decision to not show the documentary on Thomas because he is a black justice who has conservative views.

Reportedly, the Created Equal DVD is still available for purchase on Amazon and it is number 38 of all documentaries on their streaming platform. In contrast, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary is not even in the top 100, but is still streaming on Amazon Prime.

Kathleen Parker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post wrote of Created Equal:

“It is a marvel of filmmaking that two hours pass so quickly. At the end of a screening I recently attended, there weren’t many dry eyes in the room. Thomas is an American hero.”

On the Amazon website, the film has received a 4.9 star rating (out of 5 stars) from customer reviews and has 1,243 ratings. Paoletta said that other news reports have said that Amazon has been taking down long-running documentaries from its site with little or no warning and it is almost impossible to receive a response as to why.

Some other so-called liberal documentaries could have also been taken down during this period, but it is still very strange that Amazon could not find space on its website to stream a documentary on the longest serving black Supreme Court justice in American history.

A documentary that ran on PBS in a national broadcast and is a top-selling DVD in its documentary section. 

In his nearly 30 years on the Supreme Count, Thomas has developed the most comprehensive and consistent originalist jurisprudence of any justice to serve on the Court. In 2018, leftwing legal writer Ian Millhiser wrote that Thomas:

“Is the most important legal thinker of his generation and the most significant appointment of the last forty years.”

Paoletta said that even so, Thomas’s views are anathema to “civil rights” leaders and groups, such as Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, who Paoletta said:

“Make their living and lots of money claiming that America is a systemically racist country and push policies that define individuals based only on the color of their skin.”

He added that this groupthink also led the African American History Museum in 2016 to exclude any exhibit on Justice Thomas in its first year of existence, despite Thomas being the second and longest-serving black Supreme Court justice in history.

More than 20 years ago and despite efforts to keep him from speaking, Thomas spoke at the National Bar Association, the nations premier law association for black lawyers. He said:

“I have come here today not in anger or to anger, though my mere presence has been sufficient, obviously, to anger some. Nor have I come to defend my views, but rather to assert my right to think for myself, to refuse to have any ideas assigned to me as though I was an intellectual slave because I’m black. I come to state that I’m a man, free to think for myself and do as I please. I’ve come to assert that I am a judge and I will not be consigned the unquestioned opinions of others.”

He continued:

“But even more than that, I have come to say that isn’t it time to move on? Isn’t it time to realize that being angry with me solves no problems? Isn’t it time to acknowledge that the problem of race has defied simple solutions and that not one of us, not a single one of us can lay claim to the solution?”

He added:

“Isn’t it time to ignore those whose sole occupation is sowing seeds of discord and animus? That is self-hatred. Isn’t it time to continue diligently to search for lasting solutions? I believe that the time has come today. God bless each of you, and my God keep you.”

Like Paoletta said in the report, this is a film that should be widely streamed by Amazon at all times, especially during Black History Month, to show diversity of though in the black community and to celebrate Thomas’s amazing life journey. 

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Georgia wins open door for Biden to appoint liberal to Supreme Court if Justice Breyer answers calls to retire

January 7th, 2021

GEORGIA – Following a dramatic Georgia run-off election that handed control of the United States Senate to the Democrats, liberals are pressuring one Supreme Court Justice to retire so that a younger liberal can take the mantle.

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Calls are growing for liberal Justice Stephen Breyer to retire so that President-elect Biden can appoint a younger justice to replace him. Speculation has swirled throughout Washington that the 82-year-old Justice was may retire since the death of Justice Ruth Bader on September 18.

In May, Biden pledged to appoint a black female to the Supreme Court. There are 48 black women presently sitting as federal court judges. Of those, only eleven are younger than 55. Of those, two were Republican appointees, unlikely to align with democratic ideology.

One strong candidate would be federal district court Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, sister of Democratic darling and political activist Stacey Abrams. Obama-appointed Judge Gardner ruled on December 28 that two Georgia Counties must undo the purging of thousands of voters from the election rolls.

The ruling permitted over 4,000 voters to retain eligibility to vote in the Georgia run-off election. The ruling angered Republicans who claimed the judge had a conflict of interest. Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger questioned her involvement in the case, claiming that her sister funded filing party Majority Forward, through a political action committee.

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Raffensperger said:

“On Nov. 18, Stacey Abrams’s organization Fair Fight donated $2.5 million to Senate Majority PAC, for which the plaintiff Majority Forward serves as the nonprofit arm. That donation was the largest to Senate Majority PAC since the November election. According to news reports, Senate Majority PAC is ‘a Democratic super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.’

“That a judge would rule on a case brought by a group heavily funded by her sister is very concerning.”

Stacey Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017 and founded Fair Fight Action to address alleged voter suppression in 2018. Her activities have been widely credited by liberals for boosting turnout among progressives in Georgia during the 2020 presidential election and the January Senate run-off.

President Donald Trump pointed to Judge Gardner when arguing voter fraud cost him a win in the Georgia presidential election in November:

“Why haven’t they done signature verification in Fulton County, Georgia? Why haven’t they deducted all of the dead people who “voted”, illegals who voted, non-Georgia residents who voted, and tens of thousands of others who voted illegally, from the final vote tally?

“Just a small portion of these votes give US (sic) a big and conclusive win in Georgia. Have they illegally destroyed ballots in Fulton County? After many weeks, we don’t yet even have a judge to hear this large scale voter fraud case. The only judge seems to be Stacey’s sister!”

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Abrams ran as the Democratic Party nominee against Republican Brian Kemp for Governor of Georgia in the 2018 election. The first black female major-party gubernatorial nominee in the United States, she lost to Kemp amid allegations of voter suppression by Republicans.

In February, Abrams became the first black woman to deliver the response to the State of the Union address.

Demand Justice, a liberal group supporting Supreme Court reform, has been pressuring Justice Breyer to step aside to allow President-elect Biden to replace him with a younger justice who will have a longer liberal hold on the seat.

Demand Justice director Brian Fallon told Politico:

“Justice Breyer’s service on the court has been remarkable, and history will remember him even more fondly if he ends up playing a critical role in ensuring the appointment of the first black woman to the court. Timing his retirement in the coming year would guarantee that opportunity, and it would be wise to do so because the window may prove a narrow one.”

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Former state Rep. Bakri Sellers (D-SC) took the issue a little further by calling for Justice Breyer to retire on inauguration day:

“I need Justice Breyer to announce retirement at 12:01 p.m. on January 20. And I need us to nominate and elect some federal judges.”

President Donald Trump appointed three Supreme Court justices during his term, changing the direction of the court for years to come. The appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh replaced Republican-appointed justices, but third appointee Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced ideologically opposite Justice Ginsburg.

Lelissa Murray, professor at the New York University School of Law and co-host of a popular Supreme Court Podcast, explained that with a 5-4 conservative majority, a single conservative defection to a ruling could result in a liberal decision. Justice John Roberts was often that defector.

Murray explained that the 6-3 supermajority created by the Trump appointments created a new dynamic in the court:

“It’s a court with a 6-3 supermajority after years of being finely balanced 5-4 between conservatives and liberals. I think, a very different calculus going forward.

“They will be potentially on the bench, all of them, for 30 years plus, and that is a very long time.”

Control of the Senate has opened the field of potential nominations President-elect Biden could make for positions within and beyond his administration. Darrell West, vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, prior to the Georgia results explained:

“If Democrats win, they will have the means to get his nominees and legislation approved with or without GOP support. Since most Republicans are likely to oppose some nominations and things such as big spending packages or tax increases on the wealthy, GOP control would make it very difficult for Biden to implement the things he campaigned on.”

Although the Georgia win gives Democrats control of the agenda, President-elect Biden will still need to work with GOP members to pass major policy initiatives.  Legislation requires sixty votes to clear a Senate filibuster, meaning the Democratic majority would need republican support for most bills. However, confirmation of cabinet positions and judge nominations can be won with a simple majority.

 

 

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