VIDEO: Students oppose Clarence Thomas building… but don’t know why
- Students at Savannah College of Arts and Design started a petition to remove Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' name from a campus building.
- Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips traveled to the Georgia campus to ask students why Thomas' name should be removed but many couldn't give an answer.
Students at the Savannah College Of Art And Design in Georgia started a petition in October to remove the name of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from a building on campus.
Citing their belief that Thomas is “anti-woman” and doesn’t represent the values of the college, the petition garnered over 2,000 signatures from angry students and members of the community.
But do the people who support removing Thomas’ name understand why they’re so opposed to him?
Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips headed to Savannah to find out.
Most students Phillips spoke with were clear in wanting the building name changed. They were not so clear in what it was they were so upset about.
One student, after saying she would sign the petition, admitted, “I don’t know I haven’t done much research on this. I just saw the petition and that’s the extent of it." Another student in support of the petition echoed a similar sentiment, saying, “well I don’t actually know what he did,” while yet another added, “I really don’t know anything about him.”
One student went so far as to compare Thomas to Hitler, though when asked if he could name anything Thomas had done to justify such a comparison, the student admitted, “I mean not in particular.”
While most students supported the petition, there were those in opposition. One such student said they believed “just because you don’t agree with someone doesn’t mean you shouldn’t honor them.”
Another student had a message for those who had signed the petition: “If you don’t align with someone it doesn’t mean they’re bad. It doesn’t mean they’re wrong or that you’re right. Do your own research and find the middle ground between you and that person.”
What did the rest of the students have to say? Watch the full video to find out:
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