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September 20 2018

Why Joy Behar is Wrong to Slam “White Men” in Congress over Judge Kavanaugh Allegations

by Patrice Lee Onwuka

“The Views” Joy Behar is accusing the “old” “white men” in Congress of not protecting women as evidenced by the way they are handling sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has been nominated to the Supreme Court.

Behar is misdirecting her anger toward the wrong people and using the issue to inflame gender and racial tensions along the way.

During yesterday’s show, as the panel discussed Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford, Behar went into a monologue about the role of men in our lives as protectors.

Men truly are protectors of women -- even though today’s women’s movement has done a lot to diminish the image of the knight in shining armor saving the damsel in distress from society. She is right on that account, but it’s what she said next that is flat out wrong:

“On the contrary, these people in Congress right now in that Senate Judiciary Committee, these white men, old by the way, are not protecting women. They’re protecting a man who is probably guilty. If you’re not, Judge Kavanaugh, take the lie detector test.”

“Prove it the way she did and the way Anita Hill did, that they were not lying. Let’s see that from you, or are you a coward?”

Here’s what Behar gets wrong:

  1. Old, white men are not the enemy. It wasn’t the “white men” of the Senate Judiciary Committee who withheld Ford’s letter detailing the allegations against Kavanaugh. Rather, California Senator Dianne Feinstein received that letter back on July 30 but sat on it until September 12 when she shared contents of the letter with her fellow Democrats on the committee (not Republicans). Feinstein claims she kept it to herself because Ford asked that it be kept confidential to protect her privacy. If there’s someone to blame here, it’s the lady from California.

  2. We cannot abandon the presumption of innocence because assuming he's "probably guilty" serves certain political motives. Thankfully, we live in a nation of law and order where due process is a fundamental principle in our constitutional system that presumes every man and woman accused of sexual assault is innocent until proven guilty. Behar (like many on the left) is quick to abandon the presumption of innocence because it aids their political crusade: to stop Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

  3. This is not about Anita Hill. We need to stop equating the allegations by Ford with those by Hill. The allegations are not the same, the situation is not the same, and the people are not the same. We need to assess the particulars of this specific situation and not make this about #metoo or getting revenge. Now is not the time to take sides for or against women, or men, or political parties.

We will likely hear a lot more from politicians and pundits on these allegations in part because this serves a sinister political motivation of stopping a superbly qualified candidate from taking the bench.

Both the left and right want Ford to share her story and allow Congress to weigh the allegations and any evidence both against or in support of them, before determining whether Kavanaugh should ascend the highest court. However, it’s wrong to jump to conclusions or use unsubstantiated allegations for political purposes. Not only is that unfair to the accused but it sets up a harmful precedent for the future.

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