Alumni of Georgia College Push to Remove Clarence Thomas’s Name from Building

By Free Radical

An online petition has been gaining steam to remove the name of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from a building on Savannah College of Art and Design's campus.

An online petition has been gaining steam to remove the name of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from a building on Savannah College of Art and Design’s campus.

Students and alumni at Savannah College of Art and Design have created a petition to have Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s name removed from one of its school buildings. They have called for the Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation to be renamed for Anita Hill, the Black woman who alleged that Thomas sexually harassed her when they worked at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Thomas is a native of Savannah and once served as an altar boy in the building when it was a convent before it became a school building.

Sage Lucero, a 2018 graduate who created the petition on change.org, learned of the building’s origins during the recent hearings to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh who was also subject to multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. Lucero could easily draw comparisons between Hill and Kavanaugh’s main accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

“For women like Dr. Ford, and Anita Hill to come forward and speak out about what happened to them is extremely traumatic,” Lucero wrote. “For someone to not believe a victim who remembers sheer details such as laughter and has gone through therapy because of it is honestly disgraceful.”

As of Wednesday, the petition garnered more than. 2,400 signatures.

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