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Black Lives Matter banner enrages Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/11/2020 Storm Gifford
a street sign next to a tree: A Black Lives Matter banner hangs over the main street of Clifton, Va., much to Ginni Thomas' consternation. © The Washington Post A Black Lives Matter banner hangs over the main street of Clifton, Va., much to Ginni Thomas' consternation.

A Virginia small town’s goodwill Black Lives Matter banner has incurred the wrath of one doubting Thomas.

While the “Welcome to Clifton Where Black Lives Matter” sign has drawn overwhelming support from the 300-strong, predominantly white townsfolk, Ginni Thomas, the conservative, white wife of African-American Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is appalled.

The banner, hoisted over Clifton’s main thoroughfare, was created as a means of inclusivity, but Ginni Thomas only sees division.

“(Black Lives Matter) is a bit of a dangerous Trojan Horse and they are catching well-meaning people into dangerous posturing that can invite mob rule and property looting,” wrote Thomas in a June 24 letter to town officials. “Let’s not be tricked into joining cause with radical extremists seeking to foment a cultural revolution because they hate America.”

The 63-year-old director and executive branch relation at the Washington-based conservative think thank The Heritage Foundation has posted numerous anti-Black Lives Matter stories and memes on her Facebook home page.

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One of them is a nostalgic illustration of a father, young daughter and dog on a fishing pier with the caption: “Goodbye NFL, NASCAR, NBA, MLB, and all other ‘woke’ sports. We’re going fishing, boating, camping, hiking, bike riding, kayaking . . . We are America” to which Thomas responds, “Yep!”

William Holloway, the mayor of Clifton told The Washington Post that the banner is “the biggest controversy we’ve seen in many years.”

During a July 7 town council meeting, nearly all of the residents choosing to speak embraced the sign, according to the Post.

Mark Cherry, an African-American Clifton citizen, stated that he “never would have guessed that this community would come together . . . to make such a clear message of welcome and openness.”

But some residents reportedly received an anonymous circular that tried to connect the Black Lives Matter movement to “international conspiracies” and some negative comments were posted on the Clifton town Facebook page.

“Let all the (Black Lives Matter) come live in Clifton! Even for just one year! See what that gets you!!” huffed Kimberly Anne Payne Shanklin in a July 7 post, to which Deborah Hysek Charms replied, “A more diverse neighborhood?”


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