Cancel Culture Comes for Justice Clarence Thomas

Cancel Culture Comes for Justice Clarence Thomas

Cancel Culture Comes for Justice Clarence Thomas

Cancel culture has reached its slimy tentacles into our nation’s highest court and seized Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He announced on Wednesday that he would not co-teach a law seminar at George Washington University this fall, where he has taught since 2011.


Students Wanted to Boot Thomas

Justice Thomas was to have co-taught a Constitutional Law Seminar with Gregory Maggs, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, as they had for over ten years. Maggs wrote in an email:

“Unfortunately, I am writing with some sad news: Justice Thomas has informed me that he is unavailable to co-teach the seminar this fall. I know that this is disappointing.”

“I am very sorry. The seminar has not been canceled but I will now be the sole instructor. For those of you still interested in taking the course, I assure you that we will make the best of the new situation.”

It sounds like Maggs and the faculty at GWU were broadsided by Thomas’s announcement, especially since the university had confirmed that the Justice would remain, despite student backlash to the Dobbs decision. “Debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission,” said the university in June.

Well, yes. You would think so — at least that’s the way it was when I was in college. But that was long before cancel culture warped the brains of easily upset students.

Cancel culture

Students at GWU, still in hysterics over Dobbs, composed a petition demanding that the university remove Thomas from the law faculty. The petition contains all the usual code words and screeds you might expect from woke children:

“With his explicit intention to further strip the rights of queer people and remove the ability for people to practice safe sex without fear of pregnancy, it is evident that the employment of Clarence Thomas at George Washington University is completely unacceptable.”

The petition also contained terms such as “people with wombs,” and charged that “Judge (italics mine) Thomas is actively making life unsafe for thousands of students on our campus (not to mention thousands of campuses across the country).”

But that wasn’t all. A group of fifty “student leaders” also penned an open letter which accused Thomas of asserting “that it should be legal to strip his queer students of not only their expression but to allow their existence to be criminalized.”

And this is all in the name of “academic freedom,” claimed the authors, which they said “means to learn freely and fairly – absent of discrimination.”

These students may be full of hubris, but they certainly lack self-awareness.


Is Cancel Culture Responsible for Thomas’s Departure?

We don’t know the whole story, of course. But it sure seems like it.

Twitter, naturally, is awash in skulls full of mush celebrating Thomas’s departure.

And this from a Democrat operative for Biden and Obama:

However, law professor Jonathan Turley, who teaches at George Washington, suggested that Justice Thomas’s age and the Court’s full docket may have affected the decision. Turley tweeted:

“At 74 and a docket full of potentially historic opinions in the upcoming term, Justice Thomas can be excused in being “unavailable” to teach. However, his cessation (even if temporary) is a huge loss to our students and our school.”

George Washington College Republicans also referenced his “availability” in their official statement. But they also expressed alarm at the effects that cancel culture have on speech:

“We recognize that the current reports indicate Justice Thomas made this decision based on his availability, but the uproar from the student body regarding his presence as faculty – and the incessant hostility shown towards conservative students and beliefs on campus in general – is great cause for alarm and must be addressed by the university.”

Yet the biggest losers here are the idiot students who may have successfully booted Justice Thomas. That’s because not only would they have had the privilege of learning from a Supreme Court Justice, but the seminar he co-taught, “Leading Cases in Context,” would’ve provided them with inside knowledge about important cases. The course catalog states that the seminar would provide the opportunity to study “a more complete story of a number of leading cases than is usually presented in Constitutional Law courses.” Plus, the description reads:

“Opinions in leading Supreme Court cases usually reveal only part of a complex story. Although they discuss the facts immediately leading to the litigation, they often do not fully expose the motivations of the litigants or the social and political context of legal controversies. The opinions also cannot describe the reactions to the Court’s decisions or the decisions’ subsequent influence.”

But … feeeelings, you know.

Any of us who attended college or university can probably look back at stupid stuff we did. Most of us lived through our foolish mistakes, and even learned from them. But I wonder if the fragile cupcakes who prevented a sitting Supreme Court Justice from imparting his rare knowledge to them will ever regret their shenanigans?


Featured image: Wikimedia Commons/US Department of Agriculture/cropped/public domain.

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  • NTSOG says:

    Students: “…and remove the ability for people to practice safe sex without fear of pregnancy, …”

    Huh? Clearly the students who wrote this failed English Expression 101 and have demonstrated their inability to think in a logical manner. How many ways are there to ‘practice safe sex’ thanks to science – aside from not having sex? Anyhow I thought safe sex was primarily about avoiding nasty diseases like the ‘new’ Monkey Pox that’s all the ‘rage’ amongst a certain group of males. Did the Supreme Court also ban all forms of contraception too? If unwanted pregnancy is a concern then people should use the legally available forms of contraception before and/or during sex or even just after sex. What juvenile and hysterical nonsense from these bullying fools. Abortion is not a form of contraception.

    • Scott says:

      I could be wrong NTSOG, but I believe that stupid comment is based on them believing the crap the left is spewing that the SCOTUS will “go after” contraception and birth control in the near future. It’s obviously BS, but they believe it.
      Sad how low “higher” education has fallen.

  • Mark 1:1 says:

    Since the students who participated in having Justice Thomas removed from the classroom did not possess the grammatical or logical wherewithal to convincingly put forward their message, they probably were not in the graduate law class that Justice Thomas taught.

    • Cameron says:

      And that should be addressed when complaints like this come out.

      “Thank you for voicing your concerns. Upon review, we have learned that not only are you not part of the class where Justice Thomas will be teaching, your poor grasp of sentence structure indicates that you should be repeating a few grades before being allowed to continue with your studies here.”

  • Cameron says:

    Democrats have never liked it when their property gets uppity.

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