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October 01, 2007

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mandt

Judge Thomas could sincerely smarm the stinger off a wasp. If fact he became a wasp---no mean feat for a black man from Savannah.

sbgypsy

mandt, you got that one! I watched 60 minutes this week with hubby - he wanted to see what Thomas would say for himself. Hubby said when it was over: It's simple - he's just another old white male republican.

His skin color has zip to do with anything, except that it got him his token nomination. Now, tokens don't want to let anyone else take their place, so they pull the ladder up after them and slam the door shut.

The Fat Lady Sings

I subscribe to Jeffrey Toobin's assessment: he feels that Justice Thomas is fueled by rage - rage that the fledgling neocon movement deftly turned towards women and progressives prior to the Anita Hill hearings. Thomas says it outright in his book: he hates – HATES, mind you - what he perceives as the people and organizations that opposed his elevation to the court (something he felt he richly deserved). He felt that he should have received support from every person of color and every organization historically known for defending minority rights based solely upon his own minority status.

When that didn’t happen – when he found himself held accountable for his actions just like any other human being – he became enraged. One of his associates recently said that Clarence Thomas carried around an enemies list in his head – a list that dates back to his childhood. Hell – the man even dislikes his associate justices! In this book he’s promoting, he says they all talk too much! That kind of paranoia serves fascist governments well. It can be molded and channeled. Thomas hates all the people he’s been directed to hate. Problem is – like any good water carrier, he’ll be discarded as soon as the need for water subsides.

TB

I watched Justice Thomas on 20/20, the same way I watched him during the hearings 16 years ago, wary, feeling as if something wasn't quite right.

I remember seeing Ms. Hill and knowing that her truth was in her eyes and in her voice.

The Fat Lady Sings

I remember trying to explain sexual harassment to men who professed an inability to distinguish between that and an innocuous "gee you look nice today". I realized, after several attempts, that it is impossible to describe anything to the willfully blind. Anyone with sense knows that you do not press a co-worker (or indeed anyone) on their personal life if it makes them uncomfortable. No means no – whether in bed or at work. It isn’t harassment to ask someone out for coffee. It is if you press them after they say no; and cataloging your sexual proclivities in front of a subordinate is most definitely harassment at its most heinous.

Several other women backed Anita Hill up 16 years ago. They weren’t allowed to testify (I’d really like Senators Biden and Specter to explain exactly why that was) – but their affidavits were entered into the record and are available for all the world to see. So those who say Professor Hill was alone in her accusations against Clarence Thomas are amongst those I’d identify as willfully blind.

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