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We need a Supreme apology

Elinor Tatum | 4/12/2011, 5:23 p.m.

Ginni Thomas, the Tea Party activist and wife of Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas, had the nerve to call Anita Hill and ask her for an apology over the weekend.

For those of you who don't remember, Anita Hill was the woman who accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991. African Americans had to watch as two Black people were on national display during Supreme Court confirmation hearings in front of the Senate. Thomas, famously claimed during his testimony that he was the victim of a "high tech lynching" - and an all white senate body squirmed as they tried to decide who was telling the truth-the Black man or the Black woman. After the bitter hearings, Thomas was named to the Supreme Court with one of the lowest margins of approval by any justice with a 52-48 vote.

For most of the last 19 years, with the exception of an autobiography and an interview on "60 Minutes," Thomas and his wife, Ginni, have remained silent on the Anita Hill testimony, but according to ABC news the Justice's wife said to Hill in a voicemail, "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 come to understand why you did what you did. Okay, have a good day."

What does Anita Hill have to apologize for?

She spoke the truth in front of the masses, and was vilified by this man who wears a Black face, but to his core, is as racist as the KKK.

If anyone owes an apology, it is the Thomas family for betraying the American dream and acting as though the ascension to the Supreme Court was by divine right, and not the struggle of 400 years of Black people in America and affirmative action--which helped Thomas get where he is today.

From the outset, Black America was wary that Clarence Thomas would be a disappointment on the Supreme Court. The community understood that this seat, the one once held by Thurgood Marshall--one of the greatest justices this country has ever seen--could be tarnished by the likes of Thomas.

And he has been a thoroughly disappointment and a disaster for Black America.

His lack of productivity on the court is tantamount to him not even being there. He never utters a word, nor asks any questions during oral arguments. He sits dumbfounded on the bench as he makes decisions that only he can reconcile.

One wonders where he gets his perspective from, but the fact that he's chosen dim-bulb, white, conservative firebrands like radio talker Laura Ingram for clerking opportunities instead of giving Black or Hispanic law graduates an opportunity shows us his thinking does not stem from communities of color.

In a recent affirmative action, higher education case argued before the highest court in the land, he stood silent. Even though he's said that he did get some benefits from affirmative action in the past, he did not speak to the court, did not use his own experience to try to sway the court one way or another, and then voted against it.