Virginia Thomas to Anita Hill: “Are You Ready to Apologize Yet?”

It’s no wonder Anita Hill initially called the police, thinking she was being pranked.  Who ever expects the wife of a Supreme Court Justice to call out of the blue and ask for an “apology” for…well, not lying under oath nearly twenty years prior about being sexually harassed?

Via ABC News:

“Good morning, Anita Hill, it’s Ginny Thomas,” said the voice, “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.”

Hill didn’t think the call was real.

“I initially thought it was a prank,” Hill tells ABC News. “And if it was, I thought the authorities should know about it.”

She reported the call to campus police.

Mark Matthews of our affiliate KGO learned about this and reached out to Virginia Thomas.

Thomas emailed him, saying: “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. Certainly no offense was ever intended.”

Hill tells ABC News: “Even if it wasn’t a prank, it was in no way conciliatory for her to begin with the presumption that I did something wrong in 1991. I simply testified to the truth of my experience. For her to say otherwise is not extending an olive branch, it’s accusatory.”

She continues: “I don’t apologize. I have no intention of apologizing and I stand by my testimony in 1991.”

Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas, is best known for her Tea Party organizing roots, having no qualms about staying on the political sidelines despite her husband’s need to have an appearance of non-partisanship.  The New York Times recently reported:

Virginia Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court, is the founder and chief executive of Liberty Central, a nonprofit organization set up to “restore the greatness of America,” in part by opposing the leftist “tyranny” of President Obama and Democrats in Congress. Its first contributions of $500,000 and $50,000 came from undisclosed donors. The size of those gifts, their anonymity and their importance to the organization raise a serious issue of ethics for Justice Thomas.

Sarah Field, an executive of Liberty Central, told The Times that the organization pays Mrs. Thomas. Justice Thomas is a beneficiary of that pay and has a responsibility under federal law to “inform himself” about who the donors are because they have an impact on Mrs. Thomas’s personal financial interests.

Mrs. Thomas is not legally required to disclose the donors. That is unfortunate, but she does have a duty to do so, just as former President Bill Clinton had a duty to disclose the donors to his library and charitable ventures when his wife became secretary of state.

Justice Thomas needs disclosure to know if either of those donors is a party in a case before the Supreme Court or has an interest in a party. That is the only way he can comply with a fundamental ethical and legal requirement to “disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”

Could this new ploy be a way to get Thomas back in the headlines in a way that doesn’t scream of impropriety and possible back door dealings? Instead, it’s just reminded everyone of the days of public hair on coke cans, and a porn called Long Dong Silver.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Clarence Thomas it’s time to apologize to Anita Hill!

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Anne Ortiz Talvaz

How come Ginny T. isn't taking a baseball bat to Clarence instead? Come to that, why didn't she do it 19 years ago?

John N.
John Nester8 years ago

Oh great! The woman married to the pervert who placed his pubic hair on Anita's coke is every bit as loopy as her husband. I'm really curious as to why now, 19 years after the event. And what could have prompted Ms. Thomas to ask for such a ridiculous apology.She obviously didn't watch the proceedings, because I have no doubt that Clarence Thomas was guilty as charged.

What is sad and pathetic about this request for an apology is that Thomas was still confirmed as a justice who has never been on the correct side of an issue.

jane richmond
jane richmond8 years ago

Virginia must have been in her cups that day. Why should someone who has been a victim apologize to their tormentor?
Clarence Thomas should have apologized years ago. Being a man he has gotten away with his "crime". Anita Hill has moved beyond his torment and as you know success is the greatest revenge. Perhaps the fact that Hill is successful is what bothers Virginia so much. Well Virgie that's just tough! Get over it!!!!

Chris C.
Chris C.8 years ago

Virginia is a dolt who has no common senses. I don't think she deserved this positions of Heritage Foundation, theTea party and Liberty Central but she needs to be in a nuthouse or better labelled as "laughstock of political world". Against President Obama and Congressional Democrats? she is no human being, she is a snakehead. I believe in Anita Hill because Thomas is a burned pig who does not know to be a gentleman. Thomas deserved to be in a jail, not U.S. Supreme Court. I wish Virginia gets a lot of tomatoes on her face in the room with groups of racists and anti-Thomas protestors that make her feel like she is a losing fool because she ahs no common sense abotu what she did for herself.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D8 years ago

I agree with the post immediately preceding this post. But, I will go one further; Alito. These 3 Supreme Court Justices have extremists views and agendas, including, making corporations an individual in campaign contributions. Having said that, and, addressing the Anita Hill issue; who does Virginia Thomas think she is anyway? She evidently has a V.I.P. view of herself and she is self-serving as well. She is deeply embedded in the "tea-bagger" movement and one can only speculate what her agenda was in making the call to Anita Hill.

I have, over the years, discussed the hearing surrounding Hill and Thomas issue of sexual harassment and have "never" heard anyone express a belief in Thomas' assertion that Anita was lying. I was a young woman at the time of the hearing but remember Thomas throwing accusations at the politicians calling the hearings racially motivated and claiming "witch hunts".

Thomas has had his day in "court" but he still has much to answer for. Unfortunately he, nor his wife, will probably ever have to face retribution for their harassment of Anita Hill.

There are suggestions that individuals who knew of Thomas' sexual harassment will now come forward. Hopefully, those who were gutless and protected themselves will do the right thing. Whether the truth is contingent on people in the "know" coming forth right now, the truth will eventually come out.

May Clarence and Virginia, once again, face judicial hearings!

Beth M.
Beth Mackey8 years ago

I always thought Virginia Thomas knew Anita Hill was telling the truth, because Mr. Thomas had probably said the exact same things to her many times while they were courting. Mr. Thomas has shown himself to be a hack in his position as a supreme court justice, never writing opinions, never putting himself out there, just voting with the other right wingers on every issue. Does he even read the material before him? He is a huge disappointment as a judge at the highest level in our country (so is John Roberts).

Robert R.
Robert R8 years ago

Once again, We make the oppressor the victim...


The victim the bad person.

This is exactly why teens are killing themselves in situations of bullying and hate bating!
People need to wake up and see what is happening to society. As I have thought for many years How can you put a man with more then a hint of oppression on a panel that enforces the laws of our country, and expect he will consider the side of the oppressed equally?

Dorothy K.
Dorothy K8 years ago

What the hell???? is this woman crazy??? Anita stood up to the man now , 19 year later the wife wants an apology from HER?? what is wrong with this picture??Antita Hill, cheers, not apologies, oh wait, she's the one who should be getting one!!!

Lynn C.
Lynn C.8 years ago

Anita hill is a hero standing in front of the whole world testifying against this horrible man about his sexual needs. He should have never been appointed on the Court.,and all of the George Bushs should be ashamed of their behavior while in office the first Bush for this appointment and George W. for the ruining our country and the lives of thousand of American men and women who served so Cheney and haliburton could get rich....Anita Hill is sterling in her character, Ms. Thomas is an idiot.

Lynn Cohen

Linda H.
Linda h8 years ago

Bill C. You are 59 I am 62. I think you should keep in mind that even with these few years difference between us that things started to change for women very fast and maybe you don't fully understand how hard it was to even get a job much less keep out of trouble with an ass like Thomas as your boss. You can rent the TV show Mad Men and watch some of it. The first season I sat shaking while the terrible memories of those times came back to me. You should also remember that she was from Oklahoma, was a black Conservative and that she had mentioned to friends what his behavior was like while it was happening and that third parties told others and since there were many others coming forward asking to speak about their treatment as employees she was told she had to appear at the hearings. There was a subpoena she wanted to remain quiet but she was forced to come forward. Since they already had the remarks from people who heard her privately complain about him she could not make them liars she could not lie herself and she could not refuse to testify. I had to follow this closely at the time it was unfolding because my young son was studying how the Supreme Court worked in school at the time. Oh dear is right. His teacher was sorry she had made the kids study the porn, the coke cans, drug use and so forth of this POS but it was all on the front page of the damn newspaper every day anyway. The world has moved on since then but not Ginny or the Tea Party. Drunk or GOTV or book deal.