Anger over the overturning of Roe vs Wade is still hot. Now, there are calls for Justice Clarence Thomas to be impeached.
A petition on MoveOn has surpassed 1 million signatures.
The petition accuses Thomas and other Supreme Court justices of:
…effectively taking away the right to privacy and bodily autonomy that’s been considered legal precedent for the past 50 years.
The petition repeats the fears that Thomas is pushing to overturn rights to contraception and LGBTQ+ rights, including same – sex marriage.
Thomas is also condemned for voting against compell8ng the release of Donald Trump’s records regarding the January 6 riots.
His wife, Virginia Thomas is accused of:
…actively urging the White House to overturn the election results both leading up to January 6 and after the deadly insurrection.
The ultimate argument for Thomas’ impeachment is:
He has shown he cannot be an impartial justice and is more concerned with covering up his wife’s coup attempts than the health of the Supreme Court.
Why did people sign the petition
As I finish writing this post, 1,167,503 people have signed the petition. Reasons for people signing the petition include:
This justice is hardly about justice and has a political agenda. That is not the job. Keep the Supreme Court politically impartial and protect American freedoms!!Gerson P
Because their religion is not my healthcare and has place [sic] in the medical field.Jaysa L
The supreme court [sic] has lost touch with their established purpose. Just because they are ‘supreme’, does not mean they have supreme power.Jac B
For every womanSara G
Are attacks on Thomas partly motivated by race?
Not surprisingly, conservatives have condemned attacks on Thomas as racist. ‘Black liberal’ on Medium also think race has played a part.
Last week, Medium writer known as ‘My Lovely Suque’ wrote an article titled ‘Dear White Women, Clarence Thomas Didn’t Kill Roe. You Did‘.
In the post, the author blamed white women for allowing Republicans to run the Senate. Ultimately, this led to a conservative majority in SCOTUS.
The author stated:
…Roe was reversed because of white women. Because they consistently vite against pro – choice policies.My Lovely Suque
Justice Thomas couldn’t shoulder the blame for overturning on Roe v Wade. My Lovely Suque acknowledged this:
It was not reversed because of one Black man. It was reversed because millions of white women voting against women’s reproductive rights generation after generation.
Will the call to impeach Thomas work?
While I haven’t looked too much into the claims against Justice Thomas, I have my doubts.
It feels like Brett Kavanaugh all over again. Meaning, accusations are made on weak evidence and will get dismissed. I could be wrong, but that’s how I feel for now.
Let me make one thing super clear. I am not a fan of Justice Clarence Thomas. He makes me nervous for LGBTQ+ Americans and those seeking to access contraception and other rights. Americans are potentially in for an uphill battle.
However, I also think Justice Thomas is just the object for people’s rage. He’s an easy target.