Angela Wright-Shannon, a former Charlotte Observer editor, wrote a detailed editorial claiming that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas lied under oath during his Senate confirmation hearing. She also states that there have been other women who have accused Thomas of sexual harassment in addition to Anita Hill.
The letter published by HuffPost demanded that 69-year-old Thomas be impeached for his repeated instances of sexual harassment. “When the accusers are women of color, justice is not just delayed; it’s often denied outright,” she wrote.
In the '80s, Shannon claims she was constantly harassed by Thomas. He asked her what her breast size was and repeatedly pressured her to date him when they both worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The crux of the essay was to show the ways in which Thomas allegedly lied under oath. According to The New York Daily News, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson stated in the latest issue of New York Magazine that Thomas lied during Senate hearings when he denied discussing pornography or making sexual comments to women in his office.
“Even Anita Hill’s sophisticated demeanor and impressive standing as a professor of law didn’t shield her from being labeled 'a little bit nutty, and a little bit slutty,'” Wright-Shannon continued. “That’s been the cultural narrative about African-American women throughout history.”
Other women have come forth in recent years telling their stories about Thomas. Moira Smith, an attorney from Alaska, accused Thomas of groping her repeatedly during a dinner nearly two decades ago. Thomas’ ex-girlfriend Lillian McEwen, a black woman, revealed in 2011 that he had a thing for porn and behaved inappropriately with women in the workplace.
“The Me Too movement has underscored the depth and breadth of sexual harassment in our society,” Wright wrote. “Finally, women are being heard and believed.”