Friday, January 28, 2011

Anita, Ginni and Lillian; woman trouble

Early in October 2010 Clarence Thomas's wife Ginni left the following message in Anita Hills voice mail:

“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." “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.”

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.

Ms. Hill, 54, is and for many uninterrupted years has been, a respected professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis.

Ms. Thomas, 53, is an attorney and the founder of a new nonprofit, extreme Right, activist group, Liberty Central, The group has drawn scrutiny in part because of the unusual circumstance of a spouse of a sitting Supreme Court justice drawing a salary from a group financed by anonymous donors. In addition it turns out that the Thomas's failed to report several hundred thousand dollars of income to that group.

Ms Thomas outlandish voice mail message prompted another woman Lillian McEwen, a former assitants US Attorney to reveal that in her 1989 brief romantic acquaintance with Thomas she experienced similar behavior from Thomas including that he regularly rented pornography at a D.C. video store. She was barred from testifying in the 1991 hearings.


One can only speculate the tension that these women have introduced into the Thomas household.

Could it be that Ginni, obviously a thoughtful woman, is nevertheless unaware or in denial about her husband's almost certain misbehavior twenty and more years ago? Is Clarence living a continuous lie while keeping his wife in a naive world of make-believe? What is the quality of judicial decisions Thomas will make in the midst of these troubles? Thomas is a highly emotional man; is his judgment being affected by these events? Can we afford to have him be the decisive vote in the extremely important decisions that will be made in the next years. How can he look himself in the mirror every morning and suppress the clamoring voices of these women?

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