There is nothing like watching entitled White guys whine when they have to answer for some of their sins. They quickly play the victim card. In a setting equal to a job interview, they are blessed with the standard of being evaluated based on the preponderance of evidence that middle class/ poor peoples of color aren’t granted even in a court of law.
It is true that the very recently confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh worked very hard to get where he is today. But there is a caveat. He tells about how hard he worked to get into Yale but he left out that he was a legacy student. His granddad was a Yale grad which gave Judge Kavanaugh a leg up into being accepted as a Yale student.
I was against him at the start because of his partisan record dating back to the years he worked closely with Kenneth Starr, the Special Prosecutor who tried to impeach President Bill Clinton and then he worked for the Bush administration.
He had to overcome this charge of being too partisan in 2003 when he wanted to be confirmed to the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Cicuit.
As per Wikipedia, Kavanaugh was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by President Bush in 2003 but his confirmation hearings which were contentious had stalled for three years over charges of partisanship. He was ultimately confirmed to the D.C. Circuit in May 2006 after a series of negotiations between Democratic and Republican U.S. Senators. A Washington Post analysis found he had the most or second-most conservative voting record on the D.C. Court in every policy area between 2003 and 2018.
This was my thinking before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s story became part of the public record where she alleges that she was sexually assaulted by a drunken Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge while they were in high school. This was followed by a former Yale School grad Deborah Ramirez with a complaint against a drunken Judge Kavanaugh for sexually mistreating her while she was a freshman.
Dr. Ford did share her experience in a public forum on 9/27/18 when she testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where most viewers found her to be believable. This was followed by a highly monitored FBI supplemental background check where it was leaked that the agents were severely limited as to who they could contact and the scope of what they could investigate,via instructions from the White House. When the inevitable occurred, that there were no corroborating pieces of evidence to back Dr. Ford’s assertions, the US Senate moved quickly to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to sit on the US Supreme Court on the 6th of October 2018.
There are numerous news reports indicating that many folks tried to deliver evidence to the FBI favoring both women, but their attempts were rebuffed.
Please don’t be fooled by GOP talking points that Judge Kavanaugh has been cleared by 6 prior FBI background checks. They know full well that these FBI background checks rarely date beyond a 10 year period or by going back to age 18 if applicants are younger than 28 years of age, unless there’s a red flag.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On October 6, 2018, Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post penned the following opinion piece, “Hell hath no fury like an entitled white man denied”
“I’m so sick of white entitlement,” said a friend at dinner recently. It took me aback because of who was saying it. Like me, on the spectrum of African American activism, the friend swings more Martin Luther King Jr. than Malcolm X. And it surprised me, because the comment voiced a frustration whose grip has tightened around me of late.”
“Displays of white entitlement have been around us since before the founding of the republic (see: slavery and the Trail of Tears). But since the election of President Trump, said exhibitions of privilege have been more brazen. “BBQ Becky,” “Permit Patty” and “ID Adam” joined other absurd situations in which living while black was questioned by whites. And then there’s the case of Botham Shem Jean, a black man killed in his own apartment by a now-fired off-duty Dallas police officer.”
“That’s why Thursday’s (9/27/18) wretched display of white (male) entitlement was especially galling. I can understand why Brett M. Kavanaugh erupted with anger. It was the lack of humility and decorum and contrition that canceled any human emotion I could have had for him as he fought back tears during the hearing over his imperiled Supreme Court nomination.”
“Kavanaugh’s words of rage in his opening statement were very similar to those uttered by Justice Clarence Thomas when he sat in the hot seat in 1991 over allegations of sexual harassment from Anita Hill. But the situations weren’t the same. Back then, I couldn’t help but feel a pang of empathy for Thomas. As an African American, I understood Thomas’s controlled fury. He was a living example of the admonition relatives gave me about successful black folks: There’s only so far “they” will let a black man rise. Keep your nose clean, lest you give “them” an excuse to tear you down. I didn’t want Thomas to ascend to the Supreme Court, but his humanity came through when he sternly said, “From my standpoint, as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves.”
“To be sure, Thomas was defiant. But what we got from Kavanaugh was sputtering, tearful grievance. Even worse was his audience-of-one belligerence, his talking over senators, his smug, rude and petulant behavior overall, not to mention his bald partisanship. The entire spectacle was one long “but you promised” tantrum of a grown man denied what he seems to believe is his. And after Kavanaugh got jammed up by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on his refusal to support or call on the White House to request an FBI investigation into the allegations against him, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) came through with his own galling display of entitlement.”
“Boy, you all want power. God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham,” said an animated Graham. He went on to say, “To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics.” This from the man who supported the unconscionable and destructive strategy of denying Merrick Garland even a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing when he was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2016.”
“Imagine if Thomas had acted out as Kavanaugh did. Imagine if Christine Blasey Ford had behaved the way Kavanaugh did. You can’t. Thanks to the racism and misogyny tightly woven into our national DNA, both Thomas and Ford knew they couldn’t get away with it and wouldn’t be believed if they had. Their dilemma is one faced by untold millions of Americans hourly. But the histrionics of Graham and Kavanaugh showed once again how hell hath no fury like an entitled white man denied. No humility. No contrition. No humanity beyond his narrow interests.”
“Strong words broadly brushed, I know. But I’m done tiptoeing around powerful men like Kavanaugh and Graham when their bruised, tender feelings will have an impact on my life and my country.”