By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. We posted this a year ago. As part of our ongoing series of what appeared in NRL News Today 365 days ago, this tribute to Justice Thomas was followed by another story once I had seen the documentary.
Somehow this went under my radar, but luckily there is still plenty of time to alert you to a very promising documentary that will be playing in theatres around the nation come January 31.
The title is “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” and is produced and directed by Michael Pack. You can view the trailer here.
BTW, PBS is scheduled to air the documentary in May.
We learn that Pack interviewed Justice Thomas for more than 30 hours over a six month period. The documentary had what TIME magazine described as an “intimate advanced screening” in Washington, D.C., on November 5. I was totally surprised that the TIME magazine review made a pass at being fair while others, more sympathetic to Justice Thomas, found much more to praise.
Pro-lifers are familiar with Thomas for his eloquent and passionate criticisms of the legal “thinking” that produced Roe v. Wade. Most recently, Justice Thomas concurred with the Court’s decision not to grant certiorari on the question of Indiana’s “Sex Selective and Disability Abortion Ban.”
However, Justice Thomas used a 20-page concurrence to pointedly observe that laws such as Indiana’s “promote a State’s compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics.” He then went on to explore the connection between eugenics and abortion:
The use of abortion to achieve eugenic goals is not merely hypothetical. The foundations for legalizing abortion in America were laid during the early 20th-century birth-control movement. That movement developed alongside the American eugenics movement. And significantly, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger recognized the eugenic potential of her cause. She emphasized and embraced the notion that birth control “opens the way to the eugenist.”
The new two-hour documentary, we’re told, “touches on all aspects of Thomas’ life (in his own words), including his childhood in rural, segregated Georgia; his ideological transition from a Black Panther supporter to a Reagan Administration appointee; his contentious Supreme Court confirmation; and the landmark Supreme Court decisions he’s been a part of.”
As we’ve discussed on numerous occasions, pro-abortionists have never, and will never, make their peace with Thomas. A very conservative Black justice replaced a very liberal Black justice, Thurgood Marshall, and they and others of the left will always hold a deep seated grudge against Thomas.
But at the same time, they’re beginning to acknowledge that just because he rarely speaks during oral arguments does not mean Thomas isn’t hugely influential.
Last July, we wrote in response to a fascinating post written by Emma Green for The Atlantic—“The Clarence Thomas Effect.”
It is a very long piece, but in a nutshell, that “effect” included
- ”[D]uring his time on the Court, Thomas has written prolifically and introduced ideas that have gradually gained influence among other justices.”
- “He wrote the most concurrences, dissents, and opinions of any justice during each of the past five terms, according to data from SCOTUSblog,”
- And, as I commented last July, “But the bulk of the profile is Justice Thomas incredible capacity to network, to find places for his former clerks here, there, and everywhere.” His influence in the Trump administration is undeniable, and his legacy will live on long after Justice Thomas has left the bench.
I’ll be sure to remind you once again as the January 31 date for the playing of the documentary. Again, you can view the trailer here.