Constitutional Freedoms

Students Oppose Clarence Thomas but Can’t Really Say Why

A recent college petition had some people scratching their heads — and then the entire thing was withdrawn

Radical liberals who preach tolerance are some of the most intolerant folks around — with academia serving as their primary training ground.

Now, it appears, students at Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) in Georgia are dragging this myopia down to new lows.

Recently, SCAD students signed a petition to remove the name of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from a campus building, and Campus Reform set out to investigate.

When asked, many of these young people had no idea, as revealed in a video that Campus Reform posted earlier this week.

One student, after stating she would sign the petition, conceded, “I don’t know. I haven’t done much research on this. I just saw the petition and that’s the extent of it.”

“Well, I don’t actually know what he did,” said another student in support of the petition.

“I really don’t know anything about him,” confessed yet another.

With more than 27 years on the high court, Justice Thomas is the most senior associate justice following the retirement of Anthony Kennedy earlier this year.

He succeeded Thurgood Marshall and is only the second African-American to serve on the Supreme Court.

Justice Thomas, who grew up near Savannah, endured a brutal confirmation path to the Supreme Court in 1991 when law professor Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment — a charge he vehemently denied.

Hill had worked with Thomas at the Department of Education and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ultimately, he was confirmed by the very narrow margin of 52-48.

Related: Clarence Thomas: My Job Was Worth the Struggle

The petition to remove the justice’s name from a campus building garnered more than 2,400 signatures, as The Daily Signal reported.

Sage Lucero, a 2018 graduate of SCAD, initiated it in October.

Ironically, Lucero, 22, said in her petition that she was unaware that a building on campus had been named after Thomas until the Senate committee began confirmation hearings in Washington, D.C. on then-Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Lucero, meanwhile, canceled her petition in mid-October, citing safety concerns. A counter petition had also surfaced by that time. 

Threats have been made against me and I no longer feel safe moving forward with this,” wrote Lucero in a post, according to The Daily Signal.

“Although the building’s name won’t change, I am satisfied with how many of you support women’s rights to feel safe and speak out. No matter what our political backgrounds are, women’s rights are something we should all agree on. Equality of women will be a never-ending fight. And I plan to keep supporting women’s rights in the best way I can moving forward,” she added.

Threats have been made against me and I no longer feel safe moving forward with this,” wrote Lucero in a post, according to The Daily Signal.

So far, the competing petition by Lamar Bowman, a native of Brooks, Georgia, and a parent of two graduates of SCAD, has received more than 22,400 signatures with a goal of 25,000, according to The Daily Signal.

“I am proud to know that there is a building on that campus that recognizes one of the most accomplished African-Americans of our time,” Bowman’s petition reads.

Lucero’s original petition was titled “Take A Sexual Predator’s Name Off of SCAD’s Building.”

And see this video:

Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.