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Supreme Disappointment

By July 3, 2023August 1st, 2023No Comments

A leading scholar on critical race theory takes a look back at Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing — and how that set the stage for the unraveling of affirmative action today.

In October 1991, I was part of the legal team that supported Anita Hill in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in which she bravely alleged sexual harassment at the hands of now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. His confirmation by that committee, chaired by then-Democratic Sen. Joe Biden, was one of the most consequential moments in setting the future trajectory of the ideals that matter most to me — civil rights, gender equity and our multiracial democracy.

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