Jay Kaganoff argues, as stated in the headline of his op-ed in the December 8, 2017 Chicago Tribune, “Fellow conservatives, it’s time to call on Clarence Thomas to resign.” Like Mr. Kaganoff, I do not know for certain what Justice Thomas said to Anita Hill or what she heard him say to her.
Mr. Kaganoff, however, “knows” that truth is on the side of now-Professor Hill. Mr. Kaganoff argues, in effect, that Professor Hill had no reason to lie. Unfortunately, we have had too many cases where people lied about sexual harassment even though they seemed to have no reason to do so.
Mr. Kaganoff ultimately claims Justice Thomas should resign because “we can’t let sexual harassment slide.” If that is Mr. Kaganoff’s argument, I can assure him that whatever Justice Thomas did, if anything, sexual harassment in his case has not slid.
Even though Justice Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court, what he has gone through over the last 26 years has been more than enough to make sure nobody, even those who believe the truth to be what Mr. Kaganoff thinks it is, can reasonably think Justice Thomas got away with anything. And if he didn’t do it, then he is the one who has been terribly smeared and mistreated.
Notice: I should note that I went to law school with Clarence Thomas, though I did not know him at the time, and I have no recollection of being in a class with him or even talking to him. On the other hand, I am sure he doesn’t remember me, either – except, possibly, as that weird guy who wore a Chicago Cubs sweatshirt (which was, to say the least, fairly unusual in New Haven, Connecticut, in the early 1970s).