Senate hearing news – history of Hill/Thomas 1991 justice confirmation hearings
At the dinner table, one Arizona mother tried to explain to her teen aged daughter, the history of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. It was difficult to summarize, but she did her best.
The history making confirmation hearing of Justice Thomas, and the accusations of sexual harassment brought by Anita Hill were watched by many people. Either they watched on TV, or they listened on talk radio stations. The hearings left an impression on people who really listened and paid attention.
However, after 20 years – one would assume the unhappiness would have eventually dissipated. Careers have moved forward, lives resumed…or did they?
According to a report in the New York Times, 20 years after Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Justice Thomas’s wife has called Ms. Hill, seeking an apology.
If “Oh, she did NOT really do that!” was your first thought, you are not alone. This would be what the whipper-snappers would consider “epic”.
The NYT goes on to report:
In a voice mail message left at 7:31 a.m. on Oct. 9, a Saturday, Virginia Thomas asked her husband’s former aide-turned-adversary to make amends. Ms. Hill played the recording, from her voice mail at Brandeis University, for The New York Times.
“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.”
One Gilbert mother who did watch the senate hearings between college classes and homework, remembers the hearings as being grueling and degrading for Ms. Hill.
Yet, regardless of whom you believed in those hearings, “Ginnie Thomas” appears to be just a teensy bit over the line.
You must read the whole article for the full story – the New York Times did a great job.
Tracy Lynn Cook is a writer in Gilbert, Arizona. To read more, please visit her blog at www.TLCsThoughts.com.
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