BY ELIZABETH ELISALDE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS
A woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment has written an op-ed calling for his impeachment from the bench.
Angela Wright Shannon, a former editor at The Charlotte Observer newspaper in North Carolina, wrote in her HuffPost essay published Monday that Thomas should be brought to justice after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment — including herself.
She previously claimed that Thomas had asked what her breast size was and repeatedly pressured her to date him when they both worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the mid 1980s.
Wright says women of color have a tougher time being heard when sharing their sexual harassment stories than White women.
“When the accusers are women of color, justice is not just delayed; it’s often denied outright,” she wrote.
“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 continued, referring to another Thomas accuser. “That’s been the cultural narrative about African-American women throughout history.”
Wright added that now that a White woman — Moira Smith, a lawyer from Alaska — has also accused Thomas of groping her nearly 20 years ago, there could be a chance of Thomas getting impeached.
There’s also hope amid the #MeToo movement, she said.
“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.”