You won’t find the incredible new ‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in his own Words’ being trumpeted by bastions of elitie liberal opinion like the New York Times, Washington Post, or Buzzfeed News and you also won’t find it streaming on big media platforms like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. But in spite of this fact (or perhaps because of it) it is the one documentary film of 2020 that every conservative, and every American, needs to see.
The film, which is exquistely and professionally shot and paced, documents the life of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and is narrated by Thomas himself.
The story begins with Thomas documenting his youth growing up in rural Georgia with his family and suffering under the dual weights of both poverty and racial discrimination.
Thomas’s father left when he a small boy and so he ended up being primarily raised by his Grandfather, a simple hardworking farmer from the South who, while onlying having little more than a third grade education, taught Thomas some of the most important lessons of his life. Chief among them the mantra ‘you can give out, but you can’t give up,’ wisdom that would later guide Thomas through some the darkest times in his life.
Thomas’s grandfather also taught him another hard lesson: that as a black man in the racially discriminatory world of the 1950’s he would have to go above and beyond if he wanted to succeed. And he did just that. A brilliant student, Thomas excelled at academics while attending a Catholic school where he was inspired to begin study to join the Catholic priesthood.
Thomas’s religious endeavor would be cut short by the political and social chaos of the 1960’s, with the assassination of Martin Luther King radicalizing him to leave the priesthood and for a time embrace extreme Marxist and black nationalist politics.
This wouldn’t last long though, as Thomas would experience a spiritual reawakening as the skyrocketing crime and social chaos created by the liberal revolution of the 1960’s would lead him to reembrace conservatism. In particular the natural law tradition he found embedded in the Constituion of America’s Founding Fathers.
Thomas was especially moved by the violence the black community was suffering as the crime rate soared in the wake of the liberal policies of the 1960’s, as blacks began to suffer an epidemic of violence perpetuated against them by other black people.
This lead Thomas to begin his law studies eventually culminating in his graduation from Yale Law school. This would have been a remarkable achievement for anyone, but especially for a black man in an America which was still coming to grips with predjudice.
Needless to say he quickly rose to prominence in both the legal world and Republican politics, eventually being picked by President George H.W. Bush.
And this is where things truly take a dramatic turn in the film as the left, enraged by the appointment of a black conservative to the court, pulled out all the stops to try and prevent his confirmation. There was no low they wouldn’t stoop to including, famously, bringing law professor Antia Hill, who had been a former colleague of Thomas’s, before congress to accuse him of sexual harrassment.
Thomas recalls being devastated by the accusations saying ‘I would’ve preferred an assassin’s bullet.’ He was being accused of a vile and lurid crime he categorically denied ever happened by an individual who had absolutely no evidence to support her wild claims, yet Thomas and his family were still subjected to a ritualistic and very public humiliation by Democratic Senators.
Senators (including current Presidential hopeful Joe Biden) who showed they were more than willing to tarnish the name of a good man and traumatize his family with claims that lacked any real evidence, all in hopes of trying to bully him into dropping out of the nomination process. But Thomas was having none of it.
Thomas refused to back down and told these same Democratic Senators to their faces that he would ‘rather die’ than withdraw from the nomination process. The words of his grandfather ‘you can give out but you can’t give up’ came back to him at the most crucial moment of his life.
In the end the Democrats were defeated after an up or down vote on his nomination was finally held, and Thomas was finally vindicated. He then went on to serve as a Supreme Court Justice with distinction, and has played an instrumental role in many crucial conservative judicial victories.
“Created Equal” is a truly moving and incredible film that documents the life and times of one of America’s great conservative heroes. Ultimately it’s a story of integrity, honor and good triumphing over evil and is a film you just simply have to see.