Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas:
Blackballed by Amazon Prime.
Blacklists are back and Amazon’s got ’em: During Black History month in February, Amazon decided it would no longer live stream on Amazon Prime the documentary on the life of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.
In the midst of Black History Month, Amazon pulled a critically acclaimed and popular documentary on conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, the only black justice currently serving on the Supreme Court, from its streaming platform. The documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” is “currently unavailable to watch in your location,” the website reads when the title is clicked. The outage appears to be nationwide, as reported by Breitbart.
Amazon appeared to drop the PBS documentary, while still promoting a wide range of films including “All In: The Fight for Democracy” with Stacey Abrams and two movies on widely discredited activist Anita Hill.
That was in February, a time period when Americans of all stripes are supposed to celebrate the achievements of all blacks, no matter their politics. Amazon however for reasons that remain unexplained removed the Thomas documentary at that very moment, and has not reinstated it to this day. You can buy the dvd at Amazon, but you cannot watch it on Amazon’s live streaming service, even though the film’s maker, Michael Pack, was never offered an explanation for its removal.
“Our distributor, who’s the one who made the deal with Amazon, has repeatedly asked them for explanations but they haven’t given any,” Pack told the [Wall Street] Journal.
While I personally find the focus on race for Black History month distasteful, the celebration does not have to focus solely on skin color. It can instead celebrate freedom and liberty for all races. For example, February was chosen because that was also the month when Abraham Lincoln was born, a white man who was willing to die (and did) for the dream of ending black slavery.
For Amazon however celebrating the contributions of everyone toward the goal of perfect liberty is not good enough. Only leftists can be honored. Movies about the longest serving Supreme Court justice must not be seen or honored, simply because his politics do not fit the totalitarian leftist agenda.
Despite numerous demands since February, including petitions and a letter signed by twenty U.S. Senators, all demanding an explanation or reinstatement of the documentary, Amazon has remained silent and refused to do anything. Censorship appears the goal for this big tech giant. While it is willing to sell the dvd, it will not help make it easy for people to see it. And it is doing so even if it means Amazon will make less money because of this blackballing.
Other live stream options are available however. And since America is supposed to be a free country, Americans should avail themselves of these options, and reduce their support of any vendor who acts to stifle freedom.
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