The political fallout from Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination process has spread across the country. Now, liberal students at the Savannah College of Art and Design have created a petition to try and remove Justice Thomas' name from one of the buildings on campus.
The online petition has gained a lot of support in the wake of Dr. Christine Ford's allegations against Justice Kavanaugh. Students and alumni have since targeted Justice Thomas regarding past allegations against him of sexual assault brought forward by Anita Hill during his 1991 nomination process. Justice Thomas was cleared of any wrongdoing regarding Hill's claims due to her lack of evidence.
“The case between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill in 1991 was extremely similar to what is happening to Dr. Ford today,” the petition states, “When will we learn that a victim’s trauma should outweigh politics? For women like Dr. Ford, and Anita Hill to come forward and speak out about what happened to them is extremely traumatic. It’s utterly disgraceful to me that I attended a school where a building was named after a sexual predator. And not just any sexual predator, one who wrongfully won against a woman’s word," concluded Sage Lucero, the student responsible for starting the petition.
However, conservatives are fighting back. Many support Justice Thomas and the belief that all people are innocent unless proven guilty. Supporters of Justice Thomas have started another petition to keep the building's name and to show solidarity with Justice Thomas, Justice Kavanaugh, and our legal system.
“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,” stated Lamar Bowman, a parent of two graduates from Savannah College of Art and Design in the counter-petition. “I am proud to live in a country where someone can begin life deep within the clutches of poverty and racial oppression, but through hard work, education, faith, and determination become a Senior Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Bowman went on to discuss our legal system and the terrible precedent that would be set by believing any and all allegations without concrete evidence.
“We cannot become a nation where the bedrock legal standard of presumption of innocence is abandoned, character forever impugned and lives forever ruined in the pursuit of petty political partisanship," he said.
The building in question also holds special meaning for Justice Thomas. It was previously an orphanage and convent for the Missionary Sisters of the Franciscan order. Thomas served as an altar boy there as a child, and the school named the restored building after him in 2010, reported Fox News.
If you wish to make your voice heard and to support Justice Thomas, please sign the petition to keep his name on the building. Conservatives are under attack in America and it is time to stand strong in our beliefs and our faith. Sign the petition here and please share this message with all of your friends.