Recently, as many of you know Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Being on the Supreme Court is one of the most prestigious roles a person can hold, you are entrusted with making decisions that impact the entire country. Most justices enter the Supreme Court with relatively little controversy, that was not the case this time. Honestly, since Trump was elected everything seems to be swirling with controversy in our government.
The reason for the deeply heated debate about whether or not to confirm Kavanaugh was due to sexual assault allegations. If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you would understand this is something I do not take lightly. After Professor Ford’s gripping testimony about her encounter with Kavanaugh it seemed clear that an investigation should be done before Kavanaugh got a seat on the Supreme Court. But, unfortunately that didn’t happen. Men came forward screaming about how the world is a “scary place for men now” and that they are being treated unfairly. Going on and on about how she should have come out sooner with these accusations if they were in fact true. And with that, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed.
What I don’t understand is this: if you have nothing to hide, which Brett Kavanaugh said he did nothing wrong, then why not allow for an investigation?
What all of this says to me is that the world is still in fact a scary place for women. A scary place for people of color. A scary place for those in the LGBTQ community. It is NOT a scary place to be a white male. As a survivor of sexual assault, I know how difficult it can be to talk about what happened. I never confronted my accuser and I don’t think I ever will. It takes extreme courage to do what Professor Ford did. She was brave and strong and did what she thought needed to be done. She felt the need to share her story with the country before this man got confirmed to the Supreme Court. She wanted the world to know what kind of man he was. And once again, if he thought she was lying, why did he not openly allow for an investigation?
This shows me that women will still not be heard. Instead they are silenced and accused of lying. It shows me that women still can’t walk around after dark safely, that we need to always dress modestly because boys will be boys, and that we can’t just be nice to a male without them assuming that we want to sleep with them. What this has also shown me is that the government is an old boys club filled with privileged white males that only care about remaining in power. If a black man was accused of the same thing Brett Kavanaugh was, he would be sentenced to jail time. No one would come to his aid.
I am not saying all white males are bad. I have brothers and I wouldn’t want anything to happen to them. So please don’t misconstrue what I am trying to say. I am trying to tell you how scary the current world is for women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.