You don’t say?
Chatting with Washington Post travel writer Gary Lee at a recent reception, we were intrigued to learn that his aunt, the youngest of his mother’s sisters, happens to be none other than Anita Hill, the former law colleague of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who during his confirmation hearing in 1991 accused him of sexual harassment.
Today, Miss Hill, who grew up in Oklahoma, is a professor of law and women’s studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.
Mr. Lee had mentioned that he’s written about his aunt on only “a few” occasions. Last year, in a story about reunions of black families, he wrote that as “part of an Oklahomabased mini-African-American dynasty that includes five brothers, four sisters and dozens of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, I am more than familiar with the reunions ritual.
“Still, I wondered why AfricanAmericans will drive halfway across the country to commune with second and third cousins once removed when folks from other cultures want to bolt out the back door when their relatives pull up in the driveway.”