An Unintended Consequence?


Jemele Hill published a piece over at The Atlantic decrying the sympathy that black men are showing for Brett Kavanaugh.

On Tuesday night, I was in an auditorium with 100 black men in the city of Baltimore, when the subject pivoted to Brett Kavanaugh. I expected to hear frustration that the sexual-assault allegations against him had failed to derail his Supreme Court appointment. Instead, I encountered sympathy. One man stood up and asked, passionately, “What happened to due process?” He was met with a smattering of applause, and an array of head nods.

While she seems to remember enough of the plot of To Kill a Mockingbird to understand why black men have a certain edginess about false rape charges, she believes that they are “failing to see the bigger picture.” David French has a post up at NRO debunking Hill’s argument. He use facts. For example—

At Colgate University, for example, from 2013–2014 black students were 4.2 percent of the population, but “black male students were accused of 50 percent of the sexual violations reported to the university, and they made up 40 percent of the students formally adjudicated.” Across three academic years, “black students were accused of 25 percent of the sexual misconduct reported to the university, and made up 21 percent of the students referred for formal hearings.”

Off course, facts have offered no support to the Progressives in their attempt to derail the Kavanaugh nomination. Indeed, facts can get in the way of a “survivor” expressing her “truth.” French continues,

The bottom line is that opponents of Kavanaugh didn’t just want to stop Kavanaugh, they wanted to create a cultural moment that many black men are very wise to be wary of. “Believe survivors” is a slogan that resonates far beyond one single judicial confirmation. It’s the slogan of campus “justice” that all too often echoes the injustice of America’s racist past.

Perhaps a significant number of black men will take notice of the past month’s events. Perhaps their voting will be guided by their self interest.

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