LOCAL NEWS

Anita Hill Draws Crowd At University Of Utah

Sep 27, 2018, 12:24 AM | Updated: 12:45 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In a timely turn of events, Anita Hill spoke to a crowd at the University of Utah Wednesday night.

Hill, whose sexual harassment allegations against then-nominee U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991 made her a national figure, said the same things are at stake 27 years later as the Senate considers Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the high court.

(Photo courtesy: Scott Winterton – Deseret News)

“For me, the integrity of the court was the issue,” Hill said.

A large crowd gathered outside of the Alumni House. The line, more than 1,000 people deep, extended around the building and onto campus.

The room where Hill spoke only held 600 people. Hundreds were turned away.

“I am so disappointed. I want to hear her voice,” Christine Clark told KSL-5TV. “I resonate with Anita Hill. I feel like I’m a victim as well of misogyny and sexism, of an extreme patriarchal social culture in which I was raised here in Salt Lake.”

Christine Clark watched the Senate Hearing between Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Hill, then a University of Oklahoma law professor, said she offered her evidence of Thomas’ character and “lack of fitness” for the lifetime appointment knowing he would hear sexual harassment cases as a justice.

“She has been so brave and stood up for all of us, and now history is repeating itself,” Clark said.

Hill’s speech came on the eve of Christine Blasey Ford testifying Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers in 1982. Two other women have accused the appellate court judge of sexual misconduct, but were not called to testify.

“They absolutely should allow the FBI to investigate these claims,” Clark said.

Many chimed in with their opinion of Kavanaugh’s integrity.

“If there are accusations that a person has violated a woman’s body or her rights or her space, that person should not be sitting as an authority for other women and other people in this country,” University of Utah student, Grace Mason said. “One woman is too many… let alone three.”

(Photo courtesy: Scott Winterton – Deseret News)

Hill found herself in a similar situation to Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Ford, 27 years ago, though she declined to offer any advice for Ford.

“Every situation is individual,” she said.

In 1991, Hill accused Thomas of sexually harassing her in two government jobs. She testified before the Judiciary Committee for eight hours before the panel, and ultimately the full Senate, confirmed Thomas.

(Photo courtesy: Scott Winterton – Deseret News)

Hill said the committee wasn’t really interested in what she had to say, but in affirming what they had already set out to do.

“They relied on misogynist tropes to support their position,” she said, naming Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, among those senators, drawing a chorus of boos from the crowd.

“He will be gone soon, I hear,” Hill said, turning the boos to cheers.

(Photo courtesy: Scott Winterton – Deseret News)

The retiring Hatch served as Republicans’ designated questioner in the Thomas hearings. He went on record in 1991 saying he had no doubt special interest groups coached Hill and that she lied about sexual harassment by Thomas.

Hatch has again played a prominent role in the latest confirmation hearings. He has said Ford is “mistaken” about what happened and he believes Kavanaugh is “a very strong, decent man.”

“Our own senator was there. He denigrated Anita Hill in public. We watched it play out on our televisions in 1991. And they are set to do the exact same thing to Dr. Ford. It’s criminal,” Clark said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

FILE (St. George Police Department Facebook)...
Madison Swenson

Man arrested for two robberies in St. George

A man was arrested and booked on multiple charges Friday after two robberies were reported in St. George.
19 hours ago
(Salt Lake City Police Department)...
Madison Swenson

Woman injured in SLC auto-pedestrian crash; police investigating

A 64-year-old woman was critically injured Friday after she was struck by a car in Salt Lake City.
19 hours ago
FILE - Thousand gather at the Utah State Capitol to support a woman's right to choose. (KSL TV)...
Daniella Rivera

‘It was hastily passed’: Medical, legal experts raise concerns about Utah’s abortion trigger law

Senate Bill 174, passed by the Utah Legislature in 2020, was crafted, in part, to send a message. Now, medical and legal experts are sounding alarm bells about how it will work in practice.
19 hours ago
FILE: This photo from May 2022 shows a southward view of Cache Valley from Utah State University's ...
Josh Ellis

Utah State flight instructor, student killed in plane crash

Two people have died after a Utah State University aviation program plane crashed in the southwest part of Cache County.
19 hours ago
The Utah Capitol. (KSL-TV)...
Josh Ellis

Utah ‘trigger law’ banning abortion to go into effect after Roe v. Wade overturned

A Utah law prohibiting almost all abortions will now go into effect after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.
19 hours ago
FILE - Credit and deposit cards on a computer keyboard. Electronic commerce, business. Online shopp...
Matt Gephardt

Gephardt Busts Inflation: Americans shy away from using credit cards abroad, missing out on best exchange rates

As COVID-19 wanes, travel agencies are seeing a massive spike in bookings as folks look to spread their wings and travel abroad.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Anita Hill Draws Crowd At University Of Utah