From The “Bias Makes You Stupid Files”: Who Could Have Predicted That Black Men Would Identify With Brett Kavanaugh?

Kanye West may be crazy, but he isn’t wrong.

Writes the former race-baiting ESPN reporter Jamele Hill in The Atlantic:

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.

Why did Hill expect a group that  has historically been the victim of “believe the white woman” more than anyone to regret the failure of the desperation hit on the SCOTUS nominee using the banneer of #meToo waving over an unsupported accuser? Why did the Democrats? It’s pure bias: they assume that any group in their base automatically approves of their “ends justifies the means” tactics, no matter what basic principles of justice or democracy  have to be sacrificed. I heard about Hill’s bias-driven myopia before I read the whole article, and immediately wondered what Brian Banks, the promising high school football player whose life was upended when a jury believed his false accuser, Wanetta Gibson, would think of the argument that Kavanaugh’s appointment should be forfeit because a single accuser “must be believed.” As it turns out, Hill thought about Banks too, and even approached him.

I reached out to Banks and asked whether he had any thoughts about this solidarity some black men seem to feel with Kavanaugh, but he politely declined to comment. I can’t say that I blame him, since there’s probably nothing Banks could say that wouldn’t be interpreted as being unsympathetic toward victims.

Interpreted by who? I’m sympathetic toward victims, but like Banks, I suspect, I’m not sympathetic with those who want to ruin the lives of men, be they a an African American high school athlete or a judge with an impeccable personal and professional record as an adult, by discarding the principles of due process, equal justice, and presumption of innocence. Nobody can say that Blasey-Ford is a victim any more than the women who got Emmet Till killed was a victim. Democrats wanted her to be a victim, and that was the sole basis for her to be believed more than the man she accused.

Hill’s article has the title, “What the Black Men Who Identify With Brett Kavanaugh Are Missing; When men of color see themselves in the embattled Supreme Court justice, they’re not seeing the bigger picture.” And what is that “bigger picture”?

Banks faced spending the bulk of his life in jail; Kavanaugh risked losing a promotion. The reason black men are three and a half times as likely as whites to be exonerated after being convicted of sexual assault is that there’s generally been one standard for suburban prep-school athletes, and another for the Brian Bankses of this country.

Black men have every right to be frustrated by the lack of due process and the inevitable rush to judgment they often face in sexual-assault cases. But that’s not because they’ve so often been treated like Kavanaugh—it’s because they so rarely have.

As has often been the case in her embarrassing career as professional partisan hack journalist,  Hill makes no sense.  She expected black men to support the railroading of Kavanaugh because he was white?  That’s her argument? That’s the “big picture”? When another SCOTUS nominee, this one black, was also accused like Kavanaugh was, and the accuser also did not succeed in destroying him.  If Banks had been accused of a 36-year-old assault after the statute of limitations had run, he would not have gone to jail, with or without “contacts.”

Black men get the big picture just fine. They understand that if the standard of presumption of innocence is jettisoned to get a white Yale educated judge, their rights are endangered too. All of ours are.

4 thoughts on “From The “Bias Makes You Stupid Files”: Who Could Have Predicted That Black Men Would Identify With Brett Kavanaugh?

  1. From a critic’s review: that’s what makes “Brian Banks” special: It is not an angry film, but one that preaches forgiveness in the face of such adversity. . . . His mantra: “All you can control in life is how you respond to life.”

    This assessment (and direct quote) has been backed up by everyone who has reported on Banks following live, private interviews with Banks and from others concerned with the case. Except Hill. The reporter didn’t “reach out” to Banks, she USED him. And that is a violation of the First ethical principle.

    Sometimes it takes someone out of Hill’s “profession” to do the research, even if he doesn’t meed the subject: “Brian Banks” is by no means an apologia for sexual aggression, and no one would mistake it as such. If anything, this true story of an isolated case illustrates how infinitely complicated the issue of rape can be, demonstrating how systemic problems — most notably race- and class-based prejudices — result in someone like Banks being treated differently from people of privilege. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, for every 1,000 sexual assaults, only six of the perpetrators are incarcerated, but there’s a second statistic focused on here: An estimated 94% of state felony convictions result from plea bargains, anywhere between 2-8% of whom are actually innocent. So, while rape charges should absolutely be taken seriously, California’s clogged legal system never intended to give him a fair trial. Contrast Banks’ sentence (following a no contest plea) with college swimmer Brock Turner’s and the injustice becomes egregious

    p.s. The 16 year-old Banks was given 10 minutes to make up his mind about the plea. Nobody told him that the result of the “bargain” would be a sentence just about equal to what he would have gotten if he’d refused the plea in the first place.

    • All sexual assaults are heinous, but some are more heinous than others. Turner was convicted of digitally penetrating an unconscious woman, which is very bad, and sentenced to six months. Banks was accused of dragging a girl into a stairwell and violently raping her, which is even worse, and sentenced to six years. If Turner had done what Banks was accused of doing, he would have certainly been sentenced to considerably more than six months, although you might be right that he would have gotten less than six years.

      this true story of an isolated case illustrates how infinitely complicated the issue of rape can be, demonstrating how systemic problems — most notably race- and class-based prejudices — result in someone like Banks being treated differently from people of privilege.

      Alternatively, Banks is not an isolated case and the systemic problem illustrated by his case is the danger of unquestioningly believing women who accuse men of rape.

  2. Credits: Critic is Peter Debruge, who like all top Variety reviewers (writing for the industry first, the public second), makes it a point to find outside verification of background facts for documentary subjects. The “mantra” was adopted by Banks from a counselor met in his first year of prison.

  3. Black men are conditioned to look at laws as to how they can be used against themselves, maybe more so than other races.

    This is just a statement of fact, and holds no bias or rationale about why this is true.

    Therefore, they identify with Kav. This is simple.

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