The Comical Hypocrisy of a White Male Patriarchy

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I gotta hand it to you Trump-Supporting Kavanaugh Defenders—you are a piece of work.

In the recent hullabaloo over Christine Blasey-Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, here is the common refrain I hear from you:

First of all, it’s pathetic and disgraceful that you would denigrate the #MeToo movement and talk about it like it’s some kind of plague that has hit the country. It shows you care more about the statistically insignificant number of innocent men who might be wrongly accused of sexual assault than you care about the tens of thousands of women who FINALLY have the courage and support to name their offenders; or the monsters who have already been able to get their just desserts in just this past year because of this movement.

Any man or woman who talks about the #MeToo movement in this way is (in this humble writer’s opinion) morally depleted or egregiously confused. (But that’s a whole other topic for another time.)

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I was originally going to show an image of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby. But then I thought, “Hell no! I’m going to show the brave women warriors of the #MeToo movement instead. (Image copyright Time Magazine and used under Fair Use).

Perhaps the most asinine comment I’ve seen come from the itchy typing fingers of a Trump-Supporting Kavanaugh Defender is this:

I don’t even know what to say to something as ridiculous as that. I believe the clinical term for a phrase like that is “crock of sh*t.”

The truth of the matter is this: the overwhelming majority of innocent men who are wrongly convicted are people of color—NOT white conservative men (and certainly not RICH white conservative men).

According to the National Registry of Exonerations’ March 2017 report:

  • Innocent black people are about 7 times more likely
    to be convicted of murder than innocent white people.
  • African-American prisoners who are convicted of murder are about 50% more likely to be innocent than other convicted murderers.
  • The convictions that led to murder exonerations with black defendants were 22% more likely to include misconduct by police officers than those with white defendants.
  • A black prisoner serving time for sexual assault is 3.5 times more likely to be innocent than a white sexual assault convict.
  • Assaults on white women by African-American men are a small minority of all sexual assaults in the United States, but they constitute half of sexual assaults with eyewitness misidentifications that led to exoneration.

All of a sudden you care so much about innocent men being wrongly accused. Really? Were you waving the flag of anger and crying for justice when your boy Donny was attacking the Central Park 5? Even AFTER they were exonerated by DNA evidence and the real perp coming forward!
(That’s a rhetorical question. I’m almost certain of your answer.)

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Botham Jean, the 26-year-old worship leader who worked a PriceWaterHouseCoopers, was shot and killed in his own apartment by an off-duty police officer who entered the wrong apartment.

There are innocent black men being shot and killed (some in their own backyards or their own f-ing apartments), yet I don’t see a damn one of you screaming about the injustice of those wrongful deaths. In fact, you find excuses to forgive the officers who committed those killings.

When Colin Kaepernick and other players in the NFL peacefully kneel in a respectful position to raise awareness of those and many other unjust killings, you scream bloody hell at the audacity of him to disrespect the American flag and our military (the irony being, of course, that 1) it was a green beret who gave him the idea to kneel, and 2) you are attacking them for the very rights those good men and women serving this country fought and died for, and the rights that very flag stands for—the flag many of you have on your briefs by the way. But again—different topic. Different hypocrisy).

Yet, when one of your own is accused—a rich, white man of power, who has already proven to be a liar (and is one shifty-ass mo-fo if you ask me) and comes from a culture aggressive to women—all of a sudden you have this unabashed desire to defend the unjustly accused.

Well, all I have to say is that the stench of your hypocrisy is greater and thicker than the smoke from those Nike shoes you burned two weeks ago. And it’s disgusting. As my momma used to say, “It’s a sin and a shame.”

So, the next time some self-righteous, Trump-Supporting Kavanugh Defender whines about all the men who are about to be wrongly accused, or if they throw some ignorant, sarcastic remark at you like “everyone’s innocent until proven guilty… unless you’re a white male conservative,” please retort with this apropos meme from “Reservoir Dogs.”

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