From Black Voices — Good morning, Anita Hill. It’s Ginni Thomas,” the voice mail 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 come to understand why you did what you did. Okay, have a good day.”
After sending that voicemail at 7:31 a.m. on Oct. 9, I would much rather Mrs. Clarence Thomas (pictured left) give a full explanation about what possessed her to think Anita Hill (pictured right) owes her anything.
In an interview with the New York Times, Hill explains that the message came to her office phone at Brandeis University and that she thought it was a prank. Asking the campus police to forward the message to the FBI, she is rightfully annoyed and offended by the gesture.
Thomas acknowledges that she left the message, but insists that she called with good intentions so that everyone could move on from the situation.
“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 past what happened so long ago,” she said. “That offer still stands. I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same. Certainly no offense was ever intended.”
“I appreciate that no offense was intended, but she can’t ask for an apology without suggesting that I did something wrong, and that is offensive,” Hill said.
In 1991, the Clarence Thomas – Anita Hill controversy riveted the nation. Hill, 54, now a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University, was an assistant to the future Justice Clarence Thomas, who allegedly sexually harassed her while at work by not only making suggestive pornographic statements, but also leaving a pubic hair on a can of Coca-Cola.
Justice Thomas, selected by former President George Bush to replace Justice Thurgood Marshall, has consistently denied the allegations, referring to it as a “high-tech lynching.”