Back in February when the inspiring documentary about the life of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, was playing in movie theaters around the country, I wrote a review encouraging you to go see it. Now, it is coming to your own home. On Monday night it premiered on your PBS station, and is repeating throughout the week. This is a great opportunity for you — and now made very easy too.
In that earlier review, I wrote about meeting someone who had been completely brainwashed about Justice Thomas. The Thomas he knew was a fictitious personality created and maintained by what Rush Limbaugh refers to as ‘the drive-by media.’ Thomas has been described by the leading lights of the media as bitter, a loner, a brooding recluse. The real Clarence Thomas is the opposite of the fictitious one. Thomas is a man with a sunny disposition who likes people and is liked by the people who know him. He is also brilliant and eloquent.
If the ongoing propaganda campaign against him has some hold on you, do yourself a favor by letting this film do its best for you. If you are already an admirer of Justice Thomas, you are going to enjoy spending time with him. This depiction of his life story will inspire you, even if you are already an admirer. The story of his life is one of those great American stories like the life of Abraham Lincoln, a story of overcoming great adversity to achieve great things and personal greatness.
As I wrote in February, ‘Clarence Thomas and Donald Trump showed greatness — you could call it “true grit” — by refusing to give in to the bullies. They stood up against tremendous odds in order to stand up for you and for me and for our country.’
Be sure to catch a showing. You’ll be glad you did.
Robert Curry serves on the board of directors of the Claremont Institute. He is the author of Reclaiming Common Sense: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World and Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea. Both are from Encounter Books.