Evidently Clarence Thomas has written a book and the publicity about it is going into full swing. On Sunday he is going to be on 60 Minutes, and on Monday, he is going to be on Rush Limbaugh's radio show for 90 minutes.
I'm going to state this:
- The Anita Hill mess was a circus show and it's obvious that it affected him. All I have to say about the hearings is that I remind you that there were two other Black women who, after Hill's testimony, gave similar testimony, behind closed doors, to Senators. The testimony has been sealed and for those who remember, I bet the names of these women can't be found.
- David Brock admitted he lied about Anita Hill in his book.
- Clarence Thomas lied about the circumstances of his sister being on welfare. His sister was working two jobs and taking care of their sick aunt. His sister lost one of her jobs because she was caring for the sick relative. She then quit the other job because the aunt was getting worse. When the sickness was over, Thomas' sister went back to work. Read this article and here is a quick blurb about it.
- Much is made about Thomas receiving private school education but little is said about his sister being just as studious as Clarence Thomas, but not being given the same opportunity at that education, basically because girls were expected to have domestic roles as adults and education wasn't considered as important for girls than for boys.
Lastly, some number of years ago, on USENET, I caused a firestorm when I wrote that a PR campaign was being waged to enhance Thomas' image. Here is some of what I wrote back then.
When he talks to kids who tour the Supreme Court, those kids are going to tell their parents what happened. Even if you are against his idealogy, how can you tell your kid he's totally wrong when he's encouraging kids to do well and school because that is the key to the future? For white kids, when they tell their parents, it will be another nail to say, "Those bad Blacks don't like success..." blah blah blah, yada yada yada.
When he takes time to talk to Black kids/teens who have drug problems, those who make it through will *ALWAYS* remember his encouraging words.
He talks to Black *COLLEGE STUDENTS* and encourages them to succeed.
Does anyone honestly believe that these efforts, which are heartfelt, won't start to bear fruit in about 5-10 years?
If you are "against" Clarence Thomas, calling him names isn't enough. I said it in 2001 and before, and I'm saying it now.