Reviews | GWU students were right about Clarence Thomas


Kathleen Parker’s Latest Attempt to Reimagine and Bill Judge Clarence Thomas as an American Hero, “Clarence Thomas and the GWU Cancel the Mob” [op-ed, July 31]conveniently sidestepped many of the key fundamental rights issues raised in the principle petition of thousands of George Washington University students under the banner of free speech.

Indeed, she should have also shouted that a student’s right to free speech and protest is another equally important First Amendment right. This includes the right to object to a professor’s employment because his past and future legal decisions endanger many of his own freedoms. The students exercising their right to petition are the real heroes – not Judge Thomas, who voluntarily gave up his law lessons because he could now see they would only serve to make him look less of a constitutional lawyer. and more of a fundamentalist moralist crossed with one eye on an 18th century society and the other on the Bible. Judge Thomas knew, and Mrs. Parker should know, that he had no choice but to withdraw from campus and the ever-growing public outcry.

The issues raised in Judge Thomas’ confirmation hearings in 1991 are largely the same as those raised by the GWU students in their motion. A simple reading of the 1991 testimony opposing its confirmation explains why so many students are concerned.

Hopefully, the students’ petition can finally convince Mrs. Parker that Judge Thomas is dangerous even to his own rights and is definitely no hero. All Americans should think about what they will do if they lose these hard-won American rights.

Keith Henderson, Washington

Kathleen Parker wrote that “America has far more to fear from the tyranny of the mob than from a Supreme Court justice talking about the American Constitution to, hello, law students.” This tyranny of “closed minds” certainly continues to threaten free speech and mutual respect in academia.

At the same time, mob rule is growing across the country following the Supreme Court’s recent decision overturning Roe vs. Wade, which imposed abortion on the nation. Pro-choice activists are attacking, vandalizing and even burning down churches, pregnancy centers and other pro-life offices across the country, including local parishes in Maryland and Virginia. The relative silence of the Biden administration further escalates the situation.

Unless we restore civility to our discourse, respect each other and seek out what truly serves the common good, rejecting these dangerous and unfounded ideologies underlying the core issues that divide us, the United States will be facing growing anarchy and the inevitable erosion of our cherished democratic freedoms. .

Philip C. Wehle Jr., McLean

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