In lieu of recently celebrating America’s favorite explorer responsible for the genocide of our “great” land’s indigenous inhabitants, let’s head dive into the latest fraud in US History: Brett Kavanaugh.
‘Tis another sad day for women as misogyny strikes again. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Supreme Court Justice pick of President Trump, was accused by Professor Christine Blasey Ford and two other women of sexual misconduct from their high school and college days. Despite Kavanaugh’s outrageously emotional outbursts during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, and FBI investigation showing very obvious signs of uneasy hysteria and what most would consider “angry black woman” antics (cue the Serena haters) his nomination was still confirmed and supported (cue a hysterical Lindsey Graham).
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: men are the new “women!” The Oscar Award winning performance by Brett Kavanaugh during his hearing was as uncomfortable to watch as walking in on your parents having sex. He was an arrogant, emotional wreck; contentiously defending himself. From the looks and sounds of it, Judge Kavanaugh cried more than a woman on day three of her period binge watching “This Is Us.” The mere possibility of 3 women having the power to potentially eradicate his lifelong position on the Supreme Court left him absolutely enraged. Of course, it’s no surprise and bears repeating that America is as much misogynistic as it is racist. Considering someone like Serena Williams, multi Grand Slam champion, for example, demanding the umpire owed her an apology for calling her a cheater was given a lot more bad press than a pervert with insurmountable amounts of white privilege. Go figure.
I can’t have casual conversations about this with people anymore, especially with middle to upper class white men. Across the board we know Wypipo are generally tone deaf and contest not being racist because they have black friends or think Lisa Bonet and Halle Berry are hot. The reality is either their oblivion is so substantially wedged in ignorance or they just really don’t give a shit about black people (insert pre-Kardashian Kanye soundbite). Specifically when a team of white people make a tone deaf decision is when I forfeit the idea that they mean no harm. Maybe not all, but there’s always someone that saw the bigger picture and kept their mouth shut… such as the black kid in the monkey hoody on H&M’s ecommerce page or Kendall Jenner pretending Black lives outside her nieces and nephew matter in her Pepsi commercial. Also, the obvious team effort that tipped the scale on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
But I say that to say, rich/well-off white men or just white men in general… actually… feel badly for Kavanaugh. I’ve even heard someone say, “he made one mistake being a young, dumb teenager and that’s supposed to ruin his life forever!?” I’m sorry, Sir, but absolutely! First of all, sing that same BIG CHUNE when your daughter gets raped/molested and her offender becomes nominated for Supreme Court Justice. Secondly, this indisputably happens in the Black/Latino community on the REGULAR for LESSER, PETTIER crimes! People have reservations about Kim K, but are we forgetting that she had to take her round ass to the White House to “convince” the President to pardon a woman who back in 1997 was sentenced to LIFE in prison with NO chance of parole… for drug trafficking offenses?! This isn’t a woman that raped or killed any man, woman, or child. Not to fight fire with fire but some offenses ARE measurable when it comes to revoking your freedom for a lifetime.
That was the same white privileged mentality that got Brock Turner out of jail after 3 months because he “made a mistake” (since when is rape a mistake, BTW) and now has his entire life to live to change for the better. However, Black people of all ages are getting shot in their backs for wearing hoodies or selling cigarettes. It takes one time for a Black person to have a lapse in judgment and be condemned for it for life with little to no remorse or faith that they can reverse their future. It’s almost as if brown skin has no sign of innocence. Colin Kaepernick is denounced by an entire athletic association alongside half the country and called a “son of a bitch” by the President all because he knelt on artificial turf over a song about a country that we were held hostage and brought to against our will to begin with. #MakeAmericaGoofyAgain.
The kicker is when I hear about Kavanaugh not deserving to be punished for his sins because it happened 30 years ago. Why are white men in America always deciding when and how women have to get over the same vicious trauma they’re responsible for? With little to no accountability for their actions! Kavanaugh denied all the allegations against him, he even denied ever being blackout drunk before. C’mon. Stop your LIES, Frat Boy!
I’m not a rape/sexual assault victim and I would never speak for anyone that has dealt with such. I couldn’t imagine what type of psychological damage you have to face daily to overcome something that physically and mentally violated you. Especially at an age where any and all experiences permeate your figurative heart. It’s as disturbing as men deciding on birth control and abortions. Men are excused on the REGULAR for a weak ass pull out game. Yet, women are left with literally the only option of taking internally damaging drugs, surgeries, and artificial hormones to protect ourselves against the normalization of men not giving a shit about us, let alone safe sex. How can men make these choices for us, then flip the script and call us a sluts or even better… too emotional to be president (‘cause you know, Trump isn’t emotional)? Meanwhile, Kavanaugh is at job interview crying about how he started from the bottom… at Yale… and kinda can’t remember ever getting blackout drunk in his life and Christine with the psychology doctorate is just out here wilding for attention. LOL!
At the end of the day, at 11:59:59, I sympathize for Kavanaugh’s victims and all victims of sexual abuse. As women, our credibility is tainted simply for reasons like being too shapely, being too pretty, not being pretty enough, wearing skirts, and other hyper ridiculous things. I sympathize for the people that tried to make an effort to NOT solidify his place in the Supreme Court and might now suffer consequences for trying to do the right thing. I sympathize for Dr. Christine Ford because she had to watch the President on national television apologize to Brett Kavanaugh and his family for her allegations against him and claiming him as a decent, innocent man while mocking her. I sympathize for the Black and Brown people that were either killed or sentenced for less while their benefit of the doubt was ripped from them before they even had a chance. Lastly, I have sympathy for the women that don’t yet have the courage to speak their truth or are without a platform to do so. Let this be a reminder to us all that we have the courage and the spirit to change the game someday as we undoubtedly will. And let this be a double triple reminder to my teenage angels to grab that mace before you leave the door, Sis!
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