My social media timeline has been flooded with men and women alike who have responded to the senate vote with "I can't believe this happened."
Unfortunately, I can. Men and women who have been victims of sexual assault know all too well that justice isn't often served. But if we analyze this event from a grander point of view, we'll realize that any time A WHITE MAN'S POWER is at stake then we are seemingly fighting a losing battle.
BLM fighting against police brutality? Water warriors at Standing Rock? Ford vs.The-Blood-Sucking-Societal-Leech-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named?
We are fighting to take the power away from a group of (predominantly white) power hungry men. “American” society was built on conquering, therefore the struggle and need for power is in our country’s DNA. Power is addicting, it’s intoxicating, and it has been abused since the day we “discovered” America. But in the case of Kava-not-using-his-name, we are going up against something much less talked about in our society. The role of that white women play by aiding powerful white men.
I read a tweet by Rebecca Traister that said ““White women, who enjoy proximal power from their association with white men, have often served as the white patriarchy’s most eager foot soldiers.” and I couldn’t agree more. Even though my own ancestors were forced to leave their homes in times of genocide, even though my grandparents, parents, and I still experience prejudice towards our own culture, I still benefit from a system that favors those of a fairer complexion. In my life, many times, I have probably made uninformed decisions that have favored that societal structure. It’s important to not just blame senate as a whole, but focus on who voted, and understand why they voted.
Even if they don’t realize it, they’re protecting the power that they benefit from on a daily basis. How do we change that? Where do we start? And when are we going to realize that the blood thirst for power isn’t just in the court of law but in our daily lives. We need to examine how we benefit (or don’t benefit) from a system that is entirely unjust.