October 2, 2018

The Ford-Kavanaugh hearing that occurred last week is reminiscent of what Law Professor Anita F. Hill, a member of our sisterhood, underwent twenty-seven years ago as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing. Professor Hill was accused of being “mentally unstable and delusional.” Her testimony was discredited by many of the same men who confirmed Justice Thomas to the highest court in the land in 1991, and are still serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee responsible for evaluating the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

During her testimony, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford detailed her sexual assault experience that allegedly occurred thirty-six years ago. Professor Hill and Dr. Ford’s efforts to end sexual misconduct, as well as, the subsequent treatment of those who reveal these behaviors align with the #METOO Movement and should be applauded. Like those brave women, we can no longer sit silently by and accept the denigration of women in our society. “We believe both women!”

Women of all ages, cultures and backgrounds have fought this issue for far too long. We must not overlook any sexual misconduct allegations and support the fair investigation and resolution of matters that impact so many. The victim must not become the villain. Additionally, we should be concerned with the manner in which Judge Kavanaugh conducted himself during the recent hearings. If confirmed, will he be able to make decisions fairly and without bias?

All Zetas and members of our Amicae auxiliaries are urged to please call, email or write their Senator and state their position on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. We support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and call for a “NO” vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker
International President
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Lindy M. Brown, MSW
National Social Action Director
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

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