Kudos to Anita Hill for standing up to Supreme Court Justice Thomas and the Republican Machine!

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I read the article and commend Ms. Hill for surviving the abuse heaped on her twenty years ago after the grilling during the confirmation hearings.  Every time I hear about Justice Thomas and his awful wife it just vindicates what Ms. Hill said all those years ago about his harassment.  If you do research on his victims he only choose the ‘powerless’ namely African American women since he has no respect for black women.  I think that one day when he and his awful wife are at the gates of heaven they’ll end up staying with the man downstairs!!!

Surviving Clarence

Oct 3, 2011 1:00 AM EDT
In Newsweek Magazine

Twenty years after the Clarence Thomas hearings—and a year after Thomas’s wife left her a message—Anita Hill isn’t giving an inch. Plus, photos of other landmark sexual harassment cases.

On a balmy Indian-summer afternoon in Waltham, Mass., a slender, attractive 55-year-old professor welcomes a visitor to her modest office at Brandeis University to talk about the historic scandal that transformed the national debate over sexual harassment two decades ago.

 Calm and as cheerful as her bright tomato-red cardigan, Anita Hill smiles wryly when asked if she suffered from posttraumatic stress after testifying at Justice Clarence Thomas’s 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, where she was pilloried for revealing the way she said he behaved as her boss in two different jobs.

“It was traumatic,” acknowledges Hill, who teaches public policy, law, and women’s studies at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. “It hurt, and it hurt people I cared about. But I was determined not to be defeated by people who tried to make me out to be something I wasn’t.”

As the 20th anniversary of the hearings approaches, Hill is preparing to deliver the keynote address at a conference commemorating her contribution to the issue of sexual harassment, “Sex, Power, and Speaking Truth,” which will be held at New York’s Hunter College on Oct. 15. Such public visibility is uncharacteristic for Hill, who remained silent about Justice Thomas’s conduct for years before being summoned to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee after investigators heard reports that the Supreme Court nominee had sexually harassed female employees on the job. After the hearings, Hill virtually disappeared into private life and has since kept such a low profile that many women feared she was shattered by the poisonous retaliation she endured. “I always thought she was broken by it,” says one Ivy League professor and women’s-history expert who has never met Hill.

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