Anita Hill

“Who here knows about Anita Hill?” asks  Joanne Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Girls for Gender Equity, a non-profit. That is the opening scene of an upcoming documentary about Anita Hill.

Academy Award winning filmmaker Freida Mock’s soon to be released documentary “Anita” is both a celebration of Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family.

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It’s been 22 years, since Hill bravely took the stand and described the harassment she received at the hands of Thomas. From the pubic hairs left on Coke cans, to recalling the name of his penis, Hill’s life was turned upside down.  Throughout the hearings, it became clear, that Hill was the one actually being persecuted, not the accuser.

In the documentary,  Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.

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  • This would be interesting to watch. This way this explain to me in school was that the democrats didn’t want to push back on Clarence Thomas’s nomination because they didn’t want to upset black people at the time and push away the black vote. It would seem like they were attacking a black man. The question I have is didn’t black people (I know not one person can speak for all) see that Clarence Thomas wasn’t for black people and he had some self-hate issues. I was a baby when this happen so I don’t know what the feelings were at that time. I just hate this man was able to get in the Supreme Court with this situation basically being swept under the rug and V. Hill made to look like a liar. The Republicans got a win- win with Mr. Thomas. It’s crazy how his wife called V. Hill many years later saying she need to apologize.

    • MommieDearest

      Ah, I remember this time well. I remember getting into a “heated discussion” with a man at work during the hearings. He said that Anita should have kept quiet. Why say something NOW when she didn’t speak up before? I told him that Anita didn’t seek out the Senate, they came to HER. All she is doing is telling the truth. Furthermore, there would be no truth for her to tell if Clarence had kept his nastiness to himself.

      As for the Democrats not wanting to attack a black man, that’s a bunch of rubbish. Trust and believe, if Uncle Clarence had harrassed a white woman there would have been hell to pay. The Democrats were just being who they (and Republicans) are, politicians and opportunists. Speaking of opportunists, the black “leadership” Jesse, Al, NAACP, etc.. pretty much left Anita out there by herself. THAT’s why the Democrats didn’t go to bat for her, they were following their example and thus future votes.

      To this day I cannot STAND Joe Biden because he was the main one at the Senate hearings dragging Anita. I was sorely disappointed when Obama chose him as his running mate in 2008. Biden is as oily as a used car salesman.

      Anyway, I will definitely watch this documentary. It’s about time Ms Hill is given her due, and the opportunity to share how that experience affected her.

  • I am too excited to watch this documentary. It about damn time!

  • SayWhat

    I can’t wait to see this. I was disappointed but not shocked that the black community (not everyone of course) left her out to dry because it was so important that a black man be appointed a high honor. Without the blessings of the black community, Jessie and other key black leaders, I do believe that it would have looked like a lynch mob had the Democrats gone after him.

    Yes we know that had it been a white woman they would have cared, because they tend to protect the women of their community, but black women do not have the same history of protection in this country, so it was a no brainer to put her on trial instead of him. Now, most of the black community see him exactly for what he has always been, sometimes you reap what you sow.

    • MommieDearest

      “…the black community (not everyone of course) left her out to dry because it was so important that a black man be appointed a high honor….Now, most of the black community see him exactly for what he has always been, sometimes you reap what you sow.”

      Basically. I often wonder how some of the black “leadership” can sleep at night. Clarence Thomas has done everything within his power to undermine the gains we made, largely due to the efforts of the ones who supported him during the Senate hearings, as a result of the Civil Rights Movement.

      It was obvious to anyone with common sense what Bush was doing. Replace a black Supreme Court judge (Marshall) with another one. The fact that the replacement was a black-washed version of a right-wing golden boy was gravy, because he knew that most black folks would just be happy to see another black face and not consider what he really stood for. He got over on us big time. Oh well, as they say , hindsight is 20/20…

    • Angelique212

      MommieDearest on fiya! Less work for me!