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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Flashback: Clarence Thomas Gives POWERFUL Response To Anita Hill Allegations [Video]

Around 9:30 p.m., after Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas responded, calling his nomination hearing "a high-tech lynching.

A very powerful piece of history from twenty-seven years ago, that has so much meaning today. It was both powerful and prescient: 

As reported by Vox, After Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall announced his retirement, President George H.W. Bush announced on July 1, 1991, his pick for Marshall's successor: Clarence Thomas, a 43-year-old US Court of Appeals judge. 

The nomination was political from the start — Thomas's record was decidedly more conservative than that of the civil rights icon he'd be replacing. But Thomas's road to the Supreme Court would become much more dramatic after the public learned about a woman named Anita Hill, a 35-year-old black attorney whose allegations of sexual harassment against Thomas — her former boss at the Department of Education and later the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — were leaked to the public just days before his confirmation hearing.

The public learned Hill accused Thomas of hitting on her repeatedly, later making vulgar comments and showing her pornographic material when she did not reciprocate. Thomas addressed the allegations directly in his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee, denying "each and every single allegation" of sexual harassment, apologizing if his actions had been misconstrued, and accusing committee members' staffers of leaking Hill's allegations to the press. He infamously called the proceedings "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks":

It's a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to the old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the US Senate rather than hung from a tree.