... feminist solidarity rooted in a commitment to progressive politics must include a space for rigorous critique, for dissent, or we are doomed to reproduce in progressive communities the very forms of domination we seek to oppose.
bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American author, feminist, and human rights advocate. Outlaw Culture, ch. 19 (1994).
hooks was criticizing the feminists who closed ranks behind Anita Hill (b. 1956), a conservative African American law professor who in 1991 accused Clarence Thomas (b. 1948), an African American conservative Supreme Court nominee, of past sexual harassment. Heralding Hill as a heroine, these feminists often failed to consider that her general political stance was antithetical to theirs.