[Guest post by Aaron Worthing]
I don’t have much to say about this story. Basically Virginia Thomas, Clarence Thomas’ wife, called Anita Hill and 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.
Now that seemed really futile on Mrs. Thomas’ part but ultimately it is no big deal. But look at this passage explaining Hill’s reaction to it:
Ms. Hill, in an interview, said she had kept the message for nearly a week trying to decide whether the caller really was Ms. Thomas or a prankster. Unsure, she said, she decided to turn it over to the Brandeis campus police with a request to convey it the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“I thought it was certainly inappropriate,” Ms. 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.”
Um, so she referred it to campus police and even wanted FBI intervention? For what? What possible potential criminal offense—indeed so important as to justify involving the FBI—could Ginny Thomas have committed? I mean, at worst this was just a prank. Do you call the police if someone toilet papers your tree, too, Anita? Lighten up.
It doesn’t bear on the controversy that made her famous, but still… lighten up.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]