Clarence Thomas is an American lawyer who serves as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to succeed Thurgood Marshall, and has served since 1991.
Thomas is the second African-American to serve on the Court, after Marshall. Since 2018, Thomas has been the senior associate justice, the longest-serving member of the Court, with a tenure of 30 years, 148 days as of March 20, 2022.
Thomas grew up in Savannah, Georgia, and was educated at the College of the Holy Cross and Yale Law School. He was appointed an assistant attorney general in Missouri in 1974, and later entered private practice there.
In 1979, he became a legislative assistant to United States Senator John Danforth, and in 1981 he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Thomas Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
What did Anita Hill accuse Clarence Thomas of?
Anita Hill accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his nomination hearings in 1991.
After rejecting the allegations, Justice Thomas was confirmed. Ms. Hill has declared that she has no intention of apologizing.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Ms. Thomas claimed she placed a message on Ms. Hill’s office answering machine with the intention of “giving an olive branch.”
Anita Hill testified during Justice Thomas’ confirmation hearing that Justice Thomas harassed her with graphic sexual remarks and pornographic films while they worked together at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Anita Hill has been requested to ask for forgiveness by the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for accusing him of sexual harassment 19 years ago.