WE HAVE SOME SO FAR? NO, HOW NOT FAR WE HAVE COME
In the 27 years between Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford we have not come nearly as far as we thought. I was one year old when the Anita Hill hearings took place. My parents watched them and hoped that by the time I was their age, things would be different. Well, here we are, 27 years later, I am exactly the age they were in 1991 and things are still absolutely the same. I don’t know how to measure the impact of the METOO movement. We can definitely look at the dozens of men who have been taken down by things they have done in their past. That all is great. We are all proud that that came to be.
WELL, WE FAILED AS A NATION WHEN KAVANAUGH WAS CONFIRMED
But this was the great test. This was an almost identical hearing. 1991 vs. 2018. And we fucking failed. We failed so hard. Shit went almost exactly the same as last time. The Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee contain some of the same senators as back in 1991 and the rest are still all old white men. The democrats are more diverse, both in color and gender. And all of them praised Dr. Ford for her bravery, which was the right thing to do, and which did not happen when Anita Hill sat in those same chambers.
THE FUTURE IS OUR DUTY TO PROTECT FROM MORE INSANITY
But this was our moment. This was the moment when we could have chosen any other human being to sit on the Supreme Court. They could have chosen any one of the other names on the Federalist Society list. Any one of them would have been better than the one we got. And now I am left saying the same thing my parents said 27 years ago: I hope things will be better when my children are adults. But the truth is, I don’t think things will get better. Unless I make them better. Unless we all make them better. It’s up to us to fight. It’s our duty. So let’s get to those polls and do what we can to actually make things better for our children.