Anita Hill to Joe Biden: I’m Good Luv, Enjoy

Law professor Anita Hill attends the commencement ceremony at Wesleyan University on May 27, 2018 in Middletown, Connecticut.
Law professor Anita Hill attends the commencement ceremony at Wesleyan University on May 27, 2018 in Middletown, Connecticut.
Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez (Getty Images)

Everyone is talking about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the impending testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. As Donald Trump’s pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, Kavanaugh has had his confirmation process interrupted by the accusation. Blasey Ford is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, but as of the writing of this post, she has yet to confirm her appearance.


Should Blasey Ford choose to show up, she will give her testimony to a committee that has four women on it. That little fact is a sliver of hope that she would be heard out and allowed to tell her story without being shamed or indicted.

When Anita Hill gave her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991, it was comprised of all men, and they didn’t treat her well. In an op-ed for the New York Times Tuesday called “How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings Right,” Hill began her lesson with one simple and telling sentence:

“There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better.”

Hill doesn’t mince words, and immediately follows up on her opening statement by saying there are parallels between the Kavanaugh hearings and the confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas.

“In 1991, the Senate Judiciary Committee had an opportunity to demonstrate its appreciation for both the seriousness of sexual harassment claims and the need for public confidence in the character of a nominee to the Supreme Court. It failed on both counts,” Hill wrote.

She says that the “country’s commitment to addressing sexual violence as a matter of public interest” as well as the lives of Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh “hang in the balance.”


She wrote:

Today, the public expects better from our government than we got in 1991, when our representatives performed in ways that gave employers permission to mishandle workplace harassment complaints throughout the following decades. That the Senate Judiciary Committee still lacks a protocol for vetting sexual harassment and assault claims that surface during a confirmation hearing suggests that the committee has learned little from the Thomas hearing, much less the more recent #MeToo movement.


Boom. That is a word.

Because as Hill said, those hearings directly contributed to a culture where employers were allowed to shield, hide and protect abusers while the victims were often further harassed and sometimes even pushed out of their jobs. The America of the #MeToo era is not the same America as even five years ago.


And it’s not that America suddenly started caring about the issue. It’s that women are continuously making it it impossible to ignore.

Hill was grilled, patronized and condescended to by an all white, all male Judiciary Committee in 1991. One of the senators who served on that committee was former vice president Joe Biden.


Hill told Elle magazine in a recent interview that she is not holding her breath waiting for Biden to apologize. The magazine suggested that Biden had “sort of”apologized to Hill last year.


Hill replied, “It’s funny you said ‘sort of’ apologized. He said, ‘I owe her an apology.’ People were asking, ‘When are you going to apologize to her?’ It’s become sort of a running joke in the household when someone rings the doorbell and we’re not expecting company. ‘Oh,’ we say, ‘is that Joe Biden coming to apologize?’”

“There are more important things to me now than hearing an apology from Joe Biden. I’m okay with where I am.”


Anita Hill hit Joe Biden with the ultimate subtweet by way of Elle magazine.

“I’m good luv, enjoy.”

News Editor for The Root. I said what I said. Period.



Folk talk about how hard it was to watch, and newer folk talk about how hard it is to watch now.

Anita was there. Live, in person, and nobody supporting her except her family. The white male media attempted to destroy her and white liberals, especially women, bailed on her. And, it is a bit lost in history now, black men weren’t all too happy with her either (sips tea, remembering all the stupid sermons black pastors spit out during that time).

In the subsequent years ww have used Anita without promoting her as the trailblazer she was and is. Black men are still quiet and black male preachers sound just like white evangelical preachers, don’t they?

And Anita is still spittin fire when she damn well feels like it, and yo boy Clarence and his white wife who plays around with bigots and racists, helps end rights for not only black folk that he hates, but also ww.

And here is Anita, back in the news, USED by ww to promote and support a ww who is now under attack for the same thing. I’m certain none of the favorite liveral ww has asked to use Anita’s story, anger, pain, history - just like wypipo do, huh? Co-opting a black woman’s story for their own purposes, like freaking handmaids.

As we like to say about Obama when the whites beg him to help them out of the white mess they created, I will humbly say for Ms. Anita: She don’t owe ya’ll shit.