The Big Audacity ...
"You’re here, and I know what it’s taken for you to sit in that seat." Sen. Cory Booker
I'd be remiss if I didn't get in one big whoop before Women's History Month came to a close. And what a historical month it has been. We've watched cringe-worthy television over the past few weeks, from the infamous slap to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court, and the highly uncomfortable - hostile - confirmation hearing.
The line of questioning, the cadence, and tone was all too familiar. Anyone that's had her qualifications questioned by people far less knowledgeable and experienced thoroughly understands this. Not that we don't welcome questions, but we should not have to endure questions with malicious intent to discredit us. We should not have to be subjected to people talking over us as we speak or them taking the words we say and twisting them for selfish gain.
Wasn't it Kipling that said, "if you can bear to hear the truth you spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools..."? But I digress.
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However, the one inquiry that stood out most to me requested that Judge Brown Jackson 'define woman.' Oh, the irony. Oh, the audacity!
The snarky comments...
The sexist backlash ...
The micro and macro aggressions…
The race-baiting and xenophobic comments in the court of public opinion...
And Judge Brown Jackson handled it all with the grace and dignity that many women -- especially women of color -- have come to understand all too well. We all have been there. At some point in our careers, we've faced this type of obstacle in some form or another. And whether you've handled it with the grace of a woman who was no stranger to mistreatment or with the shock of someone who was just assaulted, to borrow Senator Cory Booker's words, "You're here, and I know what it's taken for you to sit in that seat."
I could not have said this any better, I’m just waiting on the appointment.
Boop. Boop. Unbothered.
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