19 Years Later, Justice Thomas’ Wife Seeks Anita Hill Apology


Nineteen years after Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Justice Thomas's wife has called Hill, seeking an apology, reports the New York Times. In a voice mail message left at Hill’s office at 7:31 a.m. on Oct. 9, Virginia Thomas said, “Good morning Anita Hill, it's Ginni Thomas. 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. 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.”“I thought it was certainly inappropriate,” Hill said. “It came in at 7:30 a.m. on my office phone from somebody I didn't know, and she is asking for an apology. It was not invited. There was no background for it.” In a statement, Virginia Thomas confirmed leaving the message, which she portrayed as a peacemaking gesture. Thomas, 53, has long been active in conservative circles in Washington. In the past year she has become more prominent as the founder of a new nonprofit activist group, Liberty Central, which is dedicated to opposing what she has characterized as the leftist “tyranny” of the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats. Hill, 54, is a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University. She had been an aide to Clarence Thomas, and in 1991 she was at the center of a controversy that prompted a national debate about sexual behavior in the workplace.

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