Senator Ted Cruz says Justice Clarence Thomas should be recognized in new museum

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** FILE **Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas speaks at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., in this Sept. 10, 2007, file photo. Breaking his 16-year public silence on his bitter confirmation hearings, Thomas says Anita Hill was a mediocre employee, who was used by political opponents to make claims she had been sexually harassed. Thomas writes about Hill, his former employee in two government agencies, in his autobiography, "My Grandfather's Son", which goes on sale Monday, Oct. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder, File)

** FILE **Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas speaks at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., in this Sept. 10, 2007, file photo. Breaking his 16-year public silence on his bitter confirmation hearings, Thomas says Anita Hill was a mediocre employee, who was used by political opponents to make claims she had been sexually harassed. Thomas writes about Hill, his former employee in two government agencies, in his autobiography, “My Grandfather’s Son”, which goes on sale Monday, Oct. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder, File)

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says the Smithsonian has made a mistake by not including the “extraordinary accomplishments” of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

In a letter to leaders of the Smithsonian Institution on Monday, the Texas senator says he was “deeply disturbed” to learn that Thomas is only briefly noted in the context of his contentious 1991 confirmation hearings when he faced allegations he sexually harassed Anita Hill when they were colleagues in the federal government.

Cruz said the description might give museum-goers a distorted view of the justice, who Cruz says “survived segregation, defeated discrimination, and ascended all the way to the Supreme Court.”

Source: AP

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