Freeing yourself was one thing;
claiming ownership of that
freed self was another.
Baby Suggs, in Toni Morrison’s Beloved
He’s a gentleman among
gentlemen. With wealth and prestige, he’s highly respected and
highly regarded by family, friends, and neighbors. His young nephews
look up to him, recognizing in his genius, let’s say, a mentor,
instructing the boys, who will grow up to be men of the world, in the
important things of life, significantly the rudiments of sketching
the human anatomy. Porn before the porn industry.
The nephews are drawing when he
stops to take a look. Which one today? Sethe,
the boys say.
not the way. I told you to put her human characteristics on the left;
her animal ones on the right. And don’t forget to line them
the woman being depicted in the drawings would recognize herself.
Yet, it has to be a reality for the gentleman if he is to recognize
himself as different
by gender and race and, therefore, social standing. He passes on to
his nephews his interpretation.
It’s the way this world
works, interpreting the irrational as normal. Women, subhuman, second
class. A lasting cultural commodity. Toni Morrison’s
intervention would have the reader of Beloved know
that Sethe, nonetheless, wouldn’t have recognized herself in
the minds of these three males, or their relatives, friends,
neighbors. But Schoolteacher and his nephews didn’t ask for
her opinion on the matter.
Fox News serves as
instructor, in the vein of Schoolteacher, naturally Supreme Court
nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears there, with his wife at his
side. He reaches back to another cultural refers, the Shakespearean
aside, to assure the King, the great dictator, a/la Charlie Chaplin,
the Big Man, the Dear Leader, that all is well. He’s in charge.
He’s the man of the hour. Men of America have nothing to fear.
I guess that makes Fox News the
a narrative that has undergone some tweaking: Sethe isn’t so
visible. There’s another woman present, however, with a
history. There’s an accommodating woman interviewer. With
history, too. But Brett, back to Brett, describing himself as a good
boy back in high school. A normal boy. An all-American boy who
couldn’t have sexually assaulted anyone because he didn’t
have sex until sometime late in college. And Brett Kavanaugh barely
the teenage boy, described by Brett, the judge, eyeing what he knows
to be his entitlement, is studious and religious in high school. Kept
his nose in the books, unless he was in the gym or at church. Brett
the good, Brett not bad! I’m
one with the #1! I’m one among the boys! Georgetown
Preparatory! Georgetown Preparatory!
here’s an aside: six FBI background investigations conducted on
Brett Kavanaugh and not acknowledged, publicly, It would seem that
some folks at the FBI “pinned” down that Yale yearbook!
now in 2018, here is Psychology professor, Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford,
the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when
she was 15-years old, referring to a seriously inebriated
17-year old Brett Kavanaugh, in
addition to his entry in the Yale yearbook referencing the
pornographic: “Devil’s Triangle,” conquered women.
And, too, there’s the “boofing,” along with another
goal for Brett to achieve: the consumption of a “100 kegs”
of beer “or Bust”! At 17-years old, mind you! Not the
legal age to drink.
just being boys, on the way to being men entitled to power.
And then the women appears.
Blasey-Ford within the chamber walls and her supporters, protesting
in the halls of the US Senate, and suddenly the old white men are
seeing and hearing trouble ahead…
I try to scream, but Brett puts a
hand over her mouth. “I thought that Brett was accidentally
going to kill me.”
real Brett Kavanaugh must perform now—as Schoolteacher!
American men learned from the Anita Hill testimony some 27-ago. More
specifically, they didn’t give a damn about Dr. Hill then,
before or subsequently. Dr. Hill had proven herself to not be a team
player, refusing to step aside to step aside when the Big Man
Clarence Thomas come through. Refusing to giggle silly at his lewd
jokes. That Dr. Hill felt uncomfortable is of no concern to one
granted by his fellow male colleagues a higher and consequential
status. Dr. Hill is to stay in the position of subservience to Thomas
Clarence and other male colleagues.
where I stand, I’m not comfortable agreeing
with others who think
women have come a distance since 1991. We live in a world where the
young “nephews” are men like Ted
Cruz, Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Brett Kavanaugh. Men
in power. Men who take issue with women demanding to be recognized as
human beings. Men for whom us people of color and our children need
to be in the bedroom, behind walls, or bars.
men have learned from the Thomas hearing what not to do, and, by that
I mean, they’ve learned that there is no need to proceed with
caution! In the face of the #MeToo movement, American women are
becoming insolent! Fifty-one percent and counting now!
no evidence that the man who nominated Brett Kavanaugh is drunk when
he speaks about sexually assaulting women. “I just start
kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t
when you’re a star, they let you so it.”
okay. Twenty women have accused this men, now in the White House,
serving as president of the United States, of sexual assault.
them by the p---y...You can do anything.” Nonetheless!
has the court jesters appearing on television. He has the white
nationalists, the white supremacists, the MAGA camp who just want
jobs, and maybe that wall, shouting for him to intervene. Speak!
Trump doesn’t do Shakespearean asides. The choirboy
thing is dead! Be brutal! They got Cosby! Remember, it’s worked
for me! Too many women are listening to her!
September 27, 2018 and the appearance of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,
the media couldn’t recognize any demographics of women, except
the group the media referred to as “suburban woman.” The
media couldn’t sees past these women out there, somewhere
beyond reach. But good women, nonetheless. All-around American women
to match all-around American men. Mostly conservative, religious,
white. And then the narrative was interrupted for “breaking
news”: a Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is coming to Washington D.C.
to testify against Brett Kavanaugh!
should step back and say that from the moment Kavanaugh was announced
as a nominee to fill the seat of retiring Justice Kennedy, I knew.
It’s not a question of being fair to the man. Who nominated
him? He’s nominated by a man not qualified to nominate
anything, let alone a Supreme Court justice. The nominator isn’t
credible to me! In Kavanaugh, I didn’t expect a politically
conscious white man, a “woke” white man to be Brett
recognized Brett Kavanaugh, however. The Brett Kavanaughs of the
world manage to marry and have children and surround themselves with
the appropriate entourage of friends and associates. And they remain
Schoolteacher, spreading their ideology of white supremacy and
positioning themselves as CEOs, doctors, lawyers, police,
politicians, educators, deans, chairs, priests, pastors, professors,
truckers, store clerks—upstanding gentleman. Pillars of the
community. And women of color might be in his life as members of
housekeeping, office maintenance or as nannies.
of us women recognize the Brett Kavanaughs by the lack of human
spirit behind those gentlemanly mannerisms. The condescending posture
that assures you you are not one of them—even if colleague. By
the same token, it’s impossible to connect to the swagger, the
assertion of power on display emphatically stating, once and for, all
that freedom is always a male’s right of birth. We know these
guys are not the least bit “nice.” Or fair.
what can we say with his hands over our collective mouths?
I see the 15-year old Christine, newly becoming acquainted with the
force, the mindset that is the discourse within a body of knowledge
collected over hundreds of years. As I’ve said many times
before, when you live in a culture that values and privileges
violence, physical and most important, verbal, then you can’t
expect to see a good man in the White House and certainly not down
the way in the halls of the Capitol or over at the Justice
is the god America worships. Always has.
is schooled. He’s a pupil instructed to appear as victim while
predator. And Brett, the former boy athlete, would be familiar with
the rules spelled out in the play book! And so Brett Kavanaugh
arrives, one lie stomping forward, followed by another and another.
Kavanaugh’s holding court: Those
“Democrats,” “Clintons,” and “Left-wingers”
all in cahoots, conspiring with these women to bring me, deserving
white man, down! In the minds of
those older, white male senators, including the younger Jeff Flake
(who will stand by the Man), the Fox News audience,
and Trump’s supporters, what could be more Left-winged”
than the #MeToo movement!
in the White House, a supporter of the more upstanding world leaders,
“good” men, the overtly swaggering, anti-human rights
proponents, haters of difference, applauds the Brett, displaying an
iron fist. This Brett echoing Clarence Thomas, calling the
proceedings a “national disgrace,” a “circus”!
He doesn’t want to be a part of this circus! He’s worked
hard to have his name come up for nomination to the US Supreme Court.
He’s not quitting…
And what about the yearbook,
Mitchell asks. A
fidgety Kavanaugh tries to contain himself. The
didn’t anticipate the boldness of the prosecutor. Brett, the
man, appears to morph back to Brett, the schoolboy. The lies from a
screeching child are lies nonetheless.
you frequently blackout after heavy drinking? Who
Won That Game Anyway? Schoolboy
pivots with equal boldness, repeating again and again, how he loves
beer. He drinks beer. He loves beer, and, yes, again, he drinks beer.
Everybody drinks beer. Beer drinking is good.
you understand, says Senator Amy Klobuchar, that this line of
questioning isn’t about drinking, but “the concern is
indignant Kavanaugh turns red in the face. His rant cleans the air of
any doubt about significance of this position on the Supreme Court
for everything white supremacy advocates and their supporters are
attempting to achieve: He has been reasonable to
women! What more do they want? Times up, yeah—for women!
been treated to a “national disgrace”!
the president loves it! He loves Brett Kavanaugh! Today, Brett
Kavanaugh “showed America exactly why I nominated him.”
Good boy, Brett! Good theater!
all as familiar as apple pie.
taught the boys to take turns on Sethe. She tells Paul D, she can’t
forget. Even “free,” Sethe knows she is one who’s
escaped a particular plantation, for an indeterminate time, and given
that condition, she can’t afford to forget she’s not
really free. “I am full God damn it of two boys with mossy
teeth, one sucking on my breast the other holding me down, their
book-reading teacher watching and writing it up.”