Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type


Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department, Black Studies Program

First Advisor

Robert Weinberg


In this paper, I argue that Dr. Anita Hill was subjected to countless stereotypes of Black women during her 1991 testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Committee and a majority of the American public denied Hill her right to be her own witness and instead faced a panel of white men and millions of onlookers who were ignorant to the importance of looking at the case through an intersectional lens. While Judge Clarence Thomas called upon the trope of a wrongfully-accused Black man, Hill was made out to be akin to a white woman who accused an innocent Black man of sexual assault. I contend that the way Hill was treated because of the controversy reflects the disenfranchisement of Black women on account of stereotypical understandings of their identities.

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