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.

White Progressivism’s Problem


The Kavanaugh brouhaha has shone a spotlight on the core problem of white progressives. Their politics are too leftwing for most whites but don’t address the concerns of non-whites. The Democrats weren’t able to prevent one of their senators from supporting the Kavanaugh nomination because he had to face mostly white Real World voters this November. Daniel McCathy writes over at Spectator|USA

The Democrats had only one defection in the Kavanaugh vote, as it happens, but it was enough to avoid what would otherwise have been a 49-49 tie: Joe Manchin, up for re-election this year in the reddest state with a Democratic senator. Liberals swore retribution — supporting Kavanaugh might just have cost him the vote of every single New Yorker subscriber in West Virginia.

McCarthy also notes the lack of minority faces among the protestors during the senate vote last Saturday.

The protests liberals whipped up against Kavanaugh this weekend, on the other hand, revealed too much about their own weakness. Washington, D.C. is a majority Democratic city with a black majority. But the Democratic voters out there yelling about Kavanaugh were as white as any country club gathering of Republicans. They looked like a line of Starbucks patrons — Caucasian, professional, largely millennial, with earth tones and earnest expressions aplenty. Men and women wore the same fashionable glasses and more or less the same clothes. It was a Pumpkin Spice Riot.

Where were the black Democrats? Where were the non-yuppies?

The answers to those questions on 7 November this year will go a long way to explaining the next couple of years.

UPDATE—Stephen Green writes that the Democrats are working to “lock down the Trigglypuff vote.” Heh.

An Exception to the Rule


“Believe all women” appears to be the rule the Democrats want us to follow on claims of sexual abuse, but apparently an exception is allowed if the alleged abuser is a Democrat candidate for office. Congresscritter Keith Ellison (D-MN) is the beneficiary of this exception because he is running for Attorney General in Minnesota.

BPR reports that Ellison has attacked the credibility of his accusers, Karen Monahan and Amy Alexander.

During a post-primary debate Friday evening on Twin Cities PBS’ “Almanac” program, one of the moderators noted that 40 percent of Minnesota voters consider these allegations against the congressman to be a factor in whether or not they intend to vote for him come November.

In response, he tried discrediting both Monahan and Alexander, making it sound as if they were just spurned lovers. The reactions from both the debate moderators and his challenger, Republican candidate Doug Wardlow, suggest they didn’t believe him.

There’s video of Ellison’s comments at the link.

Senators Feinstein and Hirono were unavailable for comment.

“Don’t Be Evil”


If you haven’t yet seen the Google post-election video over at Breitbart, you should go and watch it. It’s worth an hour of your time to see why you should switch to DuckDuckGo for online search rather than being part of Google’s revenue stream.

There are plenty of reviews of this display of liberal tears on the Interwebz, so I’ll keep my comment brief. Google’s motto is supposed to be Don’t Be Evil, and there’s been a certain amount of commentary saying that the company has effectively rejected that admonition. OTOH, Hanlon’s Rule says that one should never attribute to evil what can adequately be explained by stupidity. How stupid can Google be and still survive?