Anita Hill is a civil rights icon who single-handedly changed the discussion around women's rights and sexual harassment. Her 1991 allegations of misconduct against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas rocked Washington, and the world, focusing national attention to the issue of workplace harassment. Now, Hill is the subject of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Frieda Mock's explosive documentary ANITA (currently in theaters), bringing her story to a new generation.
We sat down with Hill to talk about her incredible journey, from being shoved in the national spotlight and subpoenaed to testify against Thomas, to how the events of 1991 affected her faith in government. "It made me believe in representative government," Hill, now a law professor at Brandeis University, says wisely. "I realized, [these senators] didn't know anything about my life. How can they make good decisions for me if they don't know anything about me?"
Hill also talks about how she thinks the allegations against Thomas, who was eventually confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, would have played out had they come from a white or light-skinned Black woman. The Lone Tree, Oklahoma native also calls out current Vice President Joe Biden for the role he played in obstructing justice in the Clarence Thomas hearings.
Check out our exclusive interview with the thoughtful, intelligent and formidable Anita Hill below, and watch part two, which includes Hill's thoughts on LGBT issues and Thomas' recent comments on equal rights, here.
Don't forget to see ANITA in select theaters around the country today.
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