Amazon Prime dropped Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month. Thomas is our nation’s only black justice currently serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, and one would think that between Amazon’s claim to “building an inclusive culture” and the fact that it’s Black History Month, Amazon would want to stream this inspiring documentary on its platform.
It’s hard to understand why the life story of America’s only sitting Black Supreme Court justice—a story that has been so inspirational to so many—has been removed from Amazon Prime during Black History Month. What’s going on, Amazon?
Amazon Prime created an entire Amplify Black Voices page with themes (Black Love, Black Joy, Black History Makers, and Black Girl Magic).”
Of course, there are two films (one docudrama and one documentary) on Anita Hill, who came forward during Thomas’ confirmation hearing to claim that Thomas had sexually harassed her. (Hill’s story never added up and, and as reflected in a NY Times/CBS News poll after the Senate confirmation hearings, American men and women believed Thomas by a 2-1 margin.)
Amazon announces that it will no longer sell books with “material we deem inappropriate or offensive” makes me wonder if they’ll start with The Bible, The Koran, or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.