Anita Hill seen as a political problem in national headlines in 1991, when she accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, has a piece of advice for the “#MeToo” movement.
“I say, get better candidates” stated the Brandeis University professor, to an audience at the downtown Oakland.
Hill described the current state of race and gender politics as “a network of mutuality” — a phrase she applied to the conflict between a president who flaunts “sexual predation and misogyny as normal,” and a string of allegations that have forced many powerful men to leave their positions.
“It’s hard to know where the country is when you see those two pictures,” Hill said during a speech that drew scattered applause and the occasional chant of “Time’s up!” from the mostly female audience.
Hill was the featured speaker at a lecture presented by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland; former Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris; the Peralta Community College District; and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, a community organization in East Oakland.
Hill made national headlines 27 years ago, when she accused Clarence Thomas of making sexually explicit remarks after she refused to date him. Testifying during Thomas’ televised confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hill said Thomas made persistent advances and spoke graphically about sex while she was working as his assistant at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and later at the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.