Virginia Thomas, wife of Clarence Thomas, has been reported to have called Anita Hill and asked for an apology under the guise of extending an olive branch, to Anita Hill's office at Brandeis University.
After the debacle of a Supreme Court nomination back in 1991, she might have been better off letting it rest.
According to a report by the New York Times, Ms. Hill received the phone call from Virginia Thomas on her voicemail and in a fit of common sense, forwarded it to the campus Department of Public Safety, who then turned it over to the FBI. No details about the content of the call were made available, but for the request for an apology. The path of the phone call was confirmed by the university's communications office.
Was the phone call an offer of friendship? Was it made with an expectation of an apology? Or, was Virginia seeking juicy details?
For those readers too young to remember the early 90's, Anita Hill is famous for laying sexual harassment charges against Clarence Thomas, when he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to replace the retiring Thurgood Marshall on the US supreme Court. Her claim was that, during employment at the Department of Education, and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Clarence Thomas had made detailed and graphic descriptions of sexual acts. Mr Thomas' defense was the accusation was nothing more than â€œa high-tech lynchingâ€ to halt the appointment of a conservative, black Supreme Court Justice.
Could Virginia Thomas be suspicious of certain details about the accusation being true, and simply needs confirmation? Or, is she just an obsessed wife, wanting an apology?
All of the battle occurred nineteen years ago. Clarence Thomas got his confirmation by a 52 to 48 vote. Both he and Anita Hill have published books on the topic. Why is his wife now making such a phone call after so many years? It seems odd. Methinks there is more than an olive branch involved in this phone call.