Monday, September 17, 2018

#MeToo Movement vs Kavanugh's Confirmation

                                          Good Day World!

History has a habit of repeating itself. Let's hope that's not the case this time.

Clarence Thomas was going through the confirmation process for supreme court justice when Anita Hill, a former law student, accused him of sexually harassing her 10 years earlier, when they were both single.

Thomas called the following Judiciary Committee hearing a circus and a national disgrace. Hill had to testify before live television cameras with 20 million viewers watching. 

Unfortunately for her, it was prior to the Me Too Movement and Thomas was not held accountable. The Senate confirmed his nomination 52-48, the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote in history.

Which brings us to this moment in history when another supreme court nominee - Brett Kavanaugh - is being accused of an attempted rape of a 15 year-old girl when he was in high school.

Through a series of circumstances her story was brought to the attention of the Judiciary Committee and the FBI just before the confirmation vote. 

Here's what we know about her:

Christine Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University who teaches in a consortium with Stanford University, training graduate students in clinical psychology. Her work has been widely published in academic journals.

Ford said that in the summer of 1982, when she was 15, around the end of her sophomore year at the all-girls Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Kavanaugh and a friend (Mark Judge) assaulted her at a private party at a house where no parents were present.

He was 17, and at the end of his junior year at Georgetown Prep, an elitist boy's school when the incident happened.

It was no secret that Kavanaugh and Judge loved to party, claiming membership to the "Beach Week Ralph Club" and "Keg City Club." They were both known as prodigious beer drinkers.

As the confrontation between the Republicans and Ford unfolds expect a fair amount of fire works. Ford comes equipped with years of documentation dealing with the emotional scars (PTSD) that the incident caused.

Will history repeat itself? Will Kavanaugh still get confirmed?

I suspect Ford's story may make a difference in these times when women are asserting their rights during the Me Too Movement. I certainly hope so.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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