Did anyone else wake up to this news about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife Virginia Thomas’s shockingly pushy voicemail to Antia Hill and think WTF???
“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” it said. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.”
Ms. Thomas went on: “So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”
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In a statement conveyed through a publicist, Ms. Thomas confirmed leaving the message, which she portrayed as a peacemaking gesture. She did not explain its timing.
“I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get past what happened so long ago,” she said. “That offer still stands. I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same. Certainly no offense was ever intended.”
In response to Ms. Thomas’s statement, Ms. Hill said that she had testified truthfully about her experiences with the future Justice Thomas and that she had nothing to apologize for.
What’s next: Laura Bush asking for an apology from the people of New Orleans for suffering from Hurricane Katrina in 2005? Marianne Gingrich asking Bill Clinton for an apology for forcing the House of Representatives to impeach him? Christ on a cracker. Hill was the victim, not the perpetrator. Was this phone call instigated or authorized by Clarence Thomas, or is he nearly as horrified as the rest of the nation? Virginia Thomas needs to build a bridge and get over it.
One little detail struck me this morning as I was mulling over this odd news item: Virginia Thomas is 53, and Hill is 54, which means that they were only 34 and 35 back in 1991. Since I was only 23 in the fall of 1991, I didn’t think about their ages, but 34 and 35 now strike me as a very young age to be put in the national spotlight over someone else’s bad behavior. Of course, Anita Hill only told the truth to the F.B.I.when they asked her for it. My sympathies are and always were with her, especially since she’s being phonestalked now by Virginia Thomas. Eeeeew.
I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts and analysis below.