Going for It: Rapid Reinvention

Ginnie, give it up! Anita, don't respond!

Here we go again. Controversy about nothing.

This time, there's a tizzy around a telephone message that Virginia Thomas, wife of SCOTUS member Clarence Thomas, left for Anita Hill, the former aide who testified during hearings to determine if he would be confirmed that he had sexually harassed her. 

The Washington Post reported that Virginia Thomas called Hill earlier this month to ask her to apologize to her husband and recant statements she made during her testimony. She left her request on Hill's voice mail at work. Hill turned the recorded message over to security at Brandeis University, where she now teaches, then played it for the New York Times.

Suddenly, we have another media spectacle.

What was on Virginia Thomas' mind to think that Hill might apologize? Why would she bring this up again, almost 20 years later? And for Hill, why not just erase it or refuse to answer?

After surviving an episode in history that Hill and the Thomases have indicated was painful and difficult, why would Virginia Thomas do anything to bring this to public attention again? And why would Hill respond?

What else is newsworthy this week? Good grief!


Avis Thomas-Lester

 |  October 21, 2010; 2:58 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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