In 2020 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was the subject of an insightful and often moving documentary called “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.”
The two-hour film was narrated by Thomas himself, a surprise since Thomas, only the second black Supreme Court justice in U.S. history, was renowned for his years-long silence during Supreme Court hearings.
Almost as remarkable is that the film was made by the notoriously left-wing PBS.
The viewer learns of Thomas’s struggles growing up in impoverished, rural, Jim Crow Georgia; his flirtation with leftist radicalism and black power; what converted him to conservativism; and his side of his showdown Senate confirmation hearing, led by then-Democratic Sen. Joe Biden and involving Anita Hill, who had accused Thomas of sexual harassment.
But last month, during Black History Month, Amazon canceled this historic black American.
The powerful online retailer scrubbed “Created Equal” from its video streaming lineup.
Amazon apparently is willing to sell its audience the DVD version of the documentary – that is, when it’s in stock. But forget about viewing for free, even if you are a Prime member.
A few conservative media outlets noted that Amazon posted a “currently unavailable for viewing” disclaimer on the film.
Mark Paoletta, who served on the White House legal staff under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump, noted, “This is a film that should be widely streamed by Amazon at all times – and particularly during Black History Month – to show the diversity of thought in the black community and to celebrate Thomas’s amazing life journey. Amazon does a great disservice to all Americans, and particularly black Americans, when it decides not to show an inspiring film about an incredible Black American during Black History Month.”
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