It seems as though Ebony, which purports to be “the trusted magazine of record for African-Americans” on its web page, is continuing to be the trusted magazine of record for only left-leaning African-Americans.Even many extraordinarily successful and influential African-Americans who do not the magazine’s ideological view will be seen as unworthy of recognition.
At least that is the theme of the latest column from black conservative writer Larry Elder titled “The Shameful Blackout of Thomas, Sowell and Williams.”Elder wrote:
Every year, the black monthly magazine Ebony lists its “Power 100,” defined as those “who lead, inspire and demonstrate through their individual talents, the very best in Black America.” Each year [Clarence] Thomas is conspicuously absent. Apparently, as a sitting black justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, Thomas does not “lead, inspire and demonstrate … the very best in Black America.”
Justice Thomas, only the second African American to sit on the Supreme Court, is currently the nation’s longest-serving Supreme Court jurist and is considered to be by many as the court’s most conservative – and best – jurist as well.Law professor Elizabeth Price Foley wrote a tribute of sorts to Thomas in the New York Times, stating:
In Federalist No. 78, Alexander Hamilton wrote that federal judges must possess legal knowledge and the courage to defy popular passions. “It is easy to see,” he said, “that it would require an uncommon portion of fortitude in the judges to do their duty as faithful guardians of the Constitution, where legislative invasions of it had been instigated by the major voice of the community.”
President Trump should heed Hamilton’s advice and nominate a jurist with the fortitude and devotion to the Constitution’s original meaning that has been exhibited by Justice Thomas.Another prominent African-American not mentioned by Ebony is Thomas Sowell, about whom the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute wrote “there is no economist alive today who has done more to eloquently, articulately, and persuasively advance the principles of economic freedom, limited government, individual liberty, and a free society.
Yet despite each man having experienced a lifetime of accomplishment, neither were deemed worthy, according to Ebony , of representing “the very best in Black America.”
As Elder adds:The exclusion of people like Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell and [economist and author] Walter Williams explains why there’s no serious discussion in the black community about government dependency; school choice; the damage done by high taxes, excessive regulation and laws like minimum wage; and why blacks should rethink their allegiance to the Democratic Party.
The failure to acknowledge conservative blacks is a failure to engage their ideas, to the detriment of the community. This is not merely an injustice to them: It is an injustice to all Americans.
Furthermore, the failure to acknowledge conservative blacks like Sowell, Thomas, Williams, – as well as Mia Love, Tim Scott, Ben Carson, and many others – does nothing to dim their lights.
But it destroys the credibility of all those who do so.