To consider myself ashamed to live in the world we would be an understatement. Over the past three weeks, hate, bigotry, and darkness have come from the nation's capital. As someone who consistently tries to understand the experiences of others, I pride myself in being not okay at times. What I am not okay with, I learn from. I learn how to address it in the public, private, and create a change that goes from me not being okay to me being okay enough to address it. That is a part of my privilege. My privilege exists as a man, a white person, but ALSO as a white man.
Dr. Christine Ford is and will forever be an icon of a series of events that I believe catapults into a slippery slope with no chance to get back on track. Fueled by her civic duty, Dr. Ford made the choice to tell the world her story knowing her life could potentially be at-risk. The person on the other end of the stick chose to use his power to degrade Dr. Ford and make her appear that she was something less than human. His hate was fueled by his desire to become something he arguably does not deserve. When will it be time to address the broad issue of sexual assault? When the person assaulted is ourselves? Or own people? Someone we love? Care for? Trust? Unfortunately that already happens and the world as the way it is should seek to change so that Survivors can live the lives they deserve without the fear of retaliation.