Updated: Sep 28, 2018
America has been trending in the news since the election of #45. Each day you wake up, you can’t be sure what you’ll see and hear next, or rather....what the POTUS will tweet next. Take for instance his position on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh, as the #MeToo movement picks up wind.
"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn, date, time , and place."
He then follows up with a show of support for Kavanaugh, immediately after yesterday's senate hearing, saying:
" Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote."
While Trump also had something to say about Bill Cosby, regarding the allegations brought against him concerning the same issue of sexual misconduct, the tone is altered.
"Bill Cosby is foolish, stupid, or getting bad advice in remaining silent if he is innocent. Probably guilty! Not a fan."
I've heard many people say that we have entered into a new phase as a country. I beg to differ. “This fine president we have in office ,” said no one ever, seems to be tracing back our roots. James Baldwin once said “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
What’s the relevance here? I’ll tell you...
Racism and misogyny have always been our nation's trademark and those abuses have never been eradicated. It has been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism, some assume we are protesting America (Beyonce, 2017). And almost always, our first response is to sweep all evidence under the rug, rather than to come to terms with the claims. Why, you ask? Because it’s easier to feign ignorance than it is to admit guilt. Admitting guilt would require that whites; especially white males, abandon the safety net from which they function and exist. The safety net of white privilege.
White privilege is an enemy of justice. The two are as opposed to one another as light and darkness, and good and evil. Whites unequivocally benefit in this country at the expense of colored folks, and the evidence is as black and white as Bill Cosby and Brett Kavanaugh.
In this week’s news, TV Dad, Bill Cosby (81) is sentenced to 3 to 10 years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andre Constand 14 years ago at his home. Cosby was denied bail by Pennsylvania Judge Steven O’Neill who's classified him as a “sexually violent predator.” For the disgraced star, this means lifetime registration, lifetime sexual offender counseling with a treatment provider, and notification to the community that a “sexually violent predator” lives in the area. I'd be remiss not to take this opportunity to remember Carolyn Bryant Dunham(84): A violent murderer and criminal who ordered the lynching of 14 year-old Emmett Till and later testified that she committed perjury under oath, but till this day never seen the inside of a jail cell. Killing it sis! Literally.
Yesterday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Meeting denying the allegations of sexual assault brought forth by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Dr. Ford claims that Kavanaugh sexually violated her at a high school party, while Kavanaugh denies even being at said party at all. Kavanaugh; however, is not defending himself in a court of law, but attending a job interview hearing as lifetime honorary judge in the Supreme Court. You catch that? In this here “land of the free” and “home of the brave”, allegations of sexual assault are not serious enough to even suspend hearings about potentially occupying one of the most powerful seats in government. Hmm...I wonder what could be the difference between Bill and Brett? Take your time.
Let’s get one thing straight. I’m not here to defend the innocence of Bill Cosby or the guilt of Brett Kavanaugh. Truth be told, as long as none of us was there, we'll never know what actually took place the night that changed the lives of these individuals and their families. What I am here for, is to point out the visible contrast in which the way our justice system handles black and white offenders. If Bill Cosby is guilty as charged, he deserves his punishment, regardless of race, age, occupation, or background. Is it too much to ask the justice system to keep the same energy for Brett Kavanaugh. For Charlie Sheen. For Matt Lauer. For Bill O’Reilly. For Harvey Weinstein, and especially our p*ssy grabbing president: Donald Trump?
Racism and misogyny have no room to exist in a country that boasts itself on being great. White males have dominated and manipulated the legal system for far too long. #BelieveWomen when they recount their stories of sexual assault, even when it is against powerful men. #BelievePOC when they recount their experiences of racism at the institutional, interpersonal, and individual level.
It is never up to the oppressor to validate the claims of the oppressed.
Tweet that Trump!