• Richard Easson

“Inclusive” Amazon Drops Justice Clarence Thomas Documentary During Black History Month

Amazon showed the public just how inclusive it really is during Black History Month by recently dropping a popular PBS documentary entitled Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words from its Prime streaming service.

The streaming service created its own Amplify Black Voices section that “feature[s] 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).”

Currently, there are two docudramas and two documentaries on liberal icon and first black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on Prime, but the only item on Justice Thomas, the only sitting black justice on the Court at this time, is now gone.

There are even two films on Anita Hill, the woman who came forward during Thomas’ confirmation hearing to allege that he sexually harassed her. Hill’s testimony never added up and a NY Times/CBS News poll after the confirmation hearings revealed that American men and women believed Thomas by a margin of 2-1.

This begs the question, is the removal of the Justice Thomas movie related to the fact that he’s a conservative? Remind us, how can this happen with a company that claims it’s so inclusive?

Sometime prior to this week, Amazon removed a book critical of transgender ideology from its digital bookshelf only further proving its inclusive nature and open-arms approach to every view under the sun.

Did you catch my sarcasm there?

How is Created Equal faring Amongst its Audience?

The DVD version of the Thomas documentary is still for sale on Amazon and ranks number 38 of all documentaries on the retailer’s site while a documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still available on the steaming service and doesn’t rank in the top 100 documentaries list.

The Justice Thomas documentary also stands at a 99 percent audience approval on the movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes. With 1,243 ratings on Amazon, the documentary had a 4.9 star rating out of 5 stars.

Pulitzer-prize winning columnist for The Washington Post, Kathleen Parker, wrote, “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.” She also said, “Thomas is an American hero.”

What now?

Justice Thomas has quite the biographical story that has made an impact on many of its viewers.

My quick overall summation of his life doesn’t do it justice but being born in 1948 into poverty in the Deep South, Thomas worked hard, embraced the notion of individual rights, and came to be where he is today, serving nearly 30 years on the High Court.

How is this not something to learn about and celebrate during Black History Month? Just ask Amazon, because I’m as stumped as you are.

Again, it’s most likely due to his conservative views and his rejection of the notion being forced down our throats by activists like Black Lives Matter and Al Sharpton that America is systemically racist. Of course Amazon wouldn’t want content on its progressive-embracing platform, because a story like Justice Thomas’s would lead those watching it to question their own views.

What the progressive platform does not want its customers to see is a story from the other side of the argument. They don’t want viewers to see the true story of an individual brought up into the unfathomable hardships of poverty and racism in the Deep South at the time, overcoming them through hard work and rejecting the myth of systemic racism, and becoming someone extraordinary. It’s a story you would think was created in a Hollywood basement, but is 100 percent true.

Big Tech and Silicon Valley are doing everything they can to turn people into progressives, as we’ve seen over the past several months. They know the conservative ideology in America is still going strong, and even if people don’t consider themselves conservatives, they’re at least becoming interested in learning more about that side.

It’s damaging to companies like Amazon, but too bad, maybe they should have thought of that sooner.