Expulsion by Southern University and blacklisted to working for Clarence Thomas yes that Clarence Thomas. A fascinating life. Our Living Legend completes her journey from fighting for education to fighting for those at a disadvantage in the legal system. The struggle continues.
Count Time Podcast Living Legend Sukari Hardnett
Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Interview with Sukari Hardnett
Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra. Thank you for joining us today.
Now I have here Ms. Sukari Hardnett. Welcome to Count Time.
So you started out in psychology at Southern University At LSU first, then at Southern University, but you end up, because of your situation, where you could not they made you leave the state, basically. That’s almost like a runaway slave.
You changed your course of schooling. What set you on the course to be an attorney?
Well, I mean, it was a very roundabout way. But my marriage dissolved, and I had to get a job, and I got a job that I thought would put me in a position to leave the country and stay out of the country if I needed to. I worked as an air flight attendant, Pan American Airline.
“If you were young, black, female and reasonably attractive and worked directly for Clarence Thomas, you knew full well you were being inspected and auditioned as a female. You knew when you were in favor because you were always at his beck and call, being summoned constantly, tracked down wherever you were in the agency and given special deference by others because of his interest. You knew when you had ceased to be an object of sexual interest — because you were barred from entering his office and treated as an outcast or, worse, a leper with whom contact was taboo. For my own part, I found his attention unpleasant, sought a transfer, was told one “just doesn’t do that,” insisted nonetheless, and paid the price as an outcast for the remainder of my employment at EEOC. That is why I resigned and left the EEOC. To maintain that Clarence Thomas’s office was untainted by any sexuality and permeated by loving, nurturing, but asexual concern is simply a lie. Women know when there are sexual dimensions to the attention they are receiving. And there was never any doubt about that dimension in Clarence Thomas’s office. I know it. Clarence Thomas knows it. And I know he knows it because he discussed some of the females in his office with me. I have told all of this to Senate staff.” Sukari Hardnett