Anita Hill says the Senate hearings are stacked against Kavanaugh Prosecutor

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Media, culture, and sex-abuse claims

How much has changed since Anita Hill?

Her 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas riveted the nation, but not to derail his nomination to the Supreme court. Now, 27 years later, Anita Hill, says the Brett Kavanaugh to hear confirmation — with no FBI investigation and no testimony is to be unfair, as you and many others felt was to hear the Thomas.

Still, she says, whatever happens, have a look at the Kavanaugh case as a referendum on the #MeToo movement, or a barometer of their success. #MeToo is much larger than the — and the ship has sailed.

“A lot is different now,” says Hill, 62, said of the year since the movement was launched, following scandalous revelations about producer Harvey Weinstein. “A number of powerful men responsible were made. I don’t think everyone is going to define an episode, a whole movement.”

In addition, she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Tuesday morning, “Remember, #MeToo is to raise awareness. Just because the Senate has not been raised in the consciousness, it does not mean that the rest are not developed by us, and learned.'”

In the years since they sat in this bright turquoise color, in front of an estimated 20 million TV viewers, and calmly and deliberately told her allegations of workplace harassment against Thomas, Hill has been something of a reluctant heroine for many women, living in a quiet academic life at Brandeis University for the past two decades. The Kavanaugh hearing, in which Christine Blasey Ford your allegation of a sexual assault is detailed, if you and the judge were teenagers — an accusation he denies — has formed, the people remember the focus on the hills, such as the fact that her 1991 ordeal and discuss similarities.

The Hill itself is nowhere in the vicinity of Washington, when Thursday takes place of the hearing. You will be in Salt Lake City, where you have a lecture on Wednesday evening at the University of Utah.

Asked what advice she could give, Hill is usually measured in the response.

“Our circumstances are very different,” she says. “And I’m not trying to give blanket advice because these situations are so personal. I don’t know you, I know your state of mind, the totality of its history. It is unprofessional as a lawyer, but emotionless, like a man, to Dole out personal advice from someone you do not know.”

One thing, the hill’s in the know, she says, is that the session are stacked up against Ford.

“It’s hard for me to imagine it can be fair,” she says, criticise the lack of an FBI investigation and the witness statements (Kavanaugh and Ford will testify).

University of Oklahoma law Professor Anita Hill, testimony before the Senate judiciary Committee on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 11, 1991.


“Sexual violence does not happen in a vacuum,” says Hill. “There is a context.” Ford claims a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried her out of her clothes at a party when he was 17 and she was 15. Ford says Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth as to scream, you tried.

A full investigation would, in the context, says Hill, such as the culture of the high school drinking, Kavanaugh maybe for the part. “The reason why I think that it is not fair is that it doesn’t give you all the information,” she says. “And I think it is designed to pit his word against yours, and we know that (he) has all of the power of the presidency behind him. And you don’t.”

It is not lost on the hill, and many others, that the current justice Committee shares some of the optics with the Committee that the question of their own. In 1991 it was made up of 14 white men; there were only two women in the entire Senate. Now the Committee, with 11 Republicans are all men. Of the 10 Democrats, four are women.

The composition of the Committee, “I’m not surprised, because the Senate is dominated by men,” says Hill. “There are women on the Committee, and this is new, but the overwhelming vision of the Senate judiciary Committee is still predominantly white and male. We know that a few women can change the conversation, so we need to push this further, to ensure that the representation IS truly representative.”

of the work of Hill is today, as head of a Commission in Hollywood on targeting, sexual abuse and sexual harassment in the media and entertainment industry.

“It is not a short-term projects,” she says. “It is a time to take, because we have a whole industry, and it is an industry made up of different components.” But, she says, “I will tell you that a new level of consciousness has in the last year or so.”

Hill has plans far beyond your #MeToo-work and their teaching. She is finally starting in earnest this year, she says, a year-long project sorting through thousands of letters of support from 1991 and 1992. Many writers gave the descriptions of your harassment or abuse.

“It will be interesting to see whether or not the people, the experiences have changed in the past 20-something years,” she says.

Here is something that has not changed is the famous suit. Hill has never stuck again, and decided one day, let it go and give it to the Smithsonian.

“Don’t update” says Hill with a sigh. “It is still in a dress bag. But Yes, it is out of my possession at some point. I haven’t quite figured out when.”

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