Have you ever heard or read something so unbelievable that it simply floored you where you stood, or left you in a state of perpetual flabbergasted-ness (put the dictionary down)? Well, I am on the outside looking in here, but I have to say, if I am perplexed by this one, then I am sure that Anita Hill must still be wearing a bewildered “What the…?” expression on her face.
Reports from ABC News and other media outlets have recently surfaced that back on October 9th, Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Uncle Thomas called Anita Hill and left her a voicemail message encouraging her to apologize for her sexual harassment allegations against Thomas during his high court confirmation hearings back in 1991.
For those Pack Faithful not old enough to recall the political free-for-all of ’91 and Clarence Thomas’ assertion that the foul turn in the Senate committee hearings were tantamount to “a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks”, Ms. Hill (who as an attorney had worked for Thomas at the Department of Education and later became his assistant when he moved on to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) was called to testify during Thomas’ confirmation hearings, where she alleged that Thomas had subjected her to comments of an inappropriate sexual nature and had spoken to her explicitly about pornography during her tenure in his employ.
So…apparently, some 19 years later, Ms. Ginni has decided that she couldn’t care less about that whole sleeping dogs lying idiom:
“I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love [for] 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 come to understand why you did what you did. OK, have a good day.”
Now let me just say, as much as the next thought that formulated in my brain after reading such stupidity went a little something like, “No. She. Did. NOT just call this woman about some stale buffoonery from two decades ago, and THEN demanded an apology. I HOPE Anita Hill shut her ALL the way down!” I’d be lying if I said I was disappointed with Hill’s actual response.
No neck swirling.
No riding out to the Thomas residence.
No good and proper cussing out.
Anita Hill epitomized ladylike behavior by simply reporting the matter to her employer’s public safety office, which then notified the FBI (although I wouldn’t have beeen surprised if she’d gotten a few of her sister-friends on three-way first to vent about theoretically wanting to bust a cap). And yes, I said her employer.
Virginia Thomas not only had the audacity to call Hill almost 20 years later about some insanity that she should have been checking her husband on, but she called the woman at her place of employment (I’m sorry folks, this for me just does not compute. My money? My livelihood? Oh, no! I don’t know about you all, but I don’t care if it’s a woman scorned, a bill collector, or even my children’s teacher; they have ONE time to call me at my place of employment with some mess. ONE…but I digress).
A professor now at Brandeis University, Hill released a statement in response to the voicemail stating that not only did she think the call was inappropriate, but that she had no intention of apologizing because she was truthful about her experience and still stands behind her testimony.
Of course, in light of the recent media attention and internet firestorm surrounding Mrs. Thomas’ clearly out of place phone call, Virginia was quick to explain her motives:
“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 passed what happened so long ago. That offer still stands, I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same.”
It sounds to me like Ginni is the only person with misplaced anger and the inability to get passed this. And to be honest, at this juncture she and that olive branch need to go somewhere and get a life.