Expert: Luis Lázaro Tijerina
On Saturday morning, I was able to witness the small but intense march against Judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court. The march took place on Church Street in Burlington, Vermont. The majority of the people in the demonstration were progressing middle class women, married couples and senior citizens. I did not see any national minority citizens in the march, but that does not mean there were none in the march on Church Street. I had to move quickly in taking my photos, as the marchers were moving quickly across the main street of downtown Burlington.
What I saw on the faces of the women and the men who were marching in support of their women friends and comrades were faces of anger, faces that were determine that the political business as usual in American would never be the same again. Here in New England, the people in their own vision of democracy, in their own sense of a Town Meeting consciousness expressed their anger, their political hatred of men like Kavanaugh and the elite, white male ruling class. It was a very poignant march and was militant in the most meaningful way... and I sensed that America will never be the same again
In my observation of the inequality or the equality of men and women in America, it is my contention that it is an ongoing process that is revolutionary in nature. The various inequalities and equalities between American women and men is one that is complex and often crude, when compared to the cosmopolitan and international relationships between women and men in Europe. Here in the United States, practical skills and religious behavior play a role in the way men and women view each other, and these differences between them and how they view their roles in a social community setting is fraught with deep empathy and deep acrimony.
As Alexis De Tocqueville wrote about the subject in his work Democracy in America regarding the differences between Europeans and Americans on this issue “This was not how Americans understood the kind of democratic equality that can be established between woman and man. They believed that because nature had made man and woman so different in physical and moral constitution, its clear purpose was to assign different used to the diverse faculties to each.”[i] Tocqueville then goes on to make an astonishing comment about the economic role of the two sexes in America by stating “No country in the world has been more persistent than America in tracing clearly separated lines of action of the two sexes or in wanting both to proceed at an equal pace but along two permanently different paths”. [ii] However, with the nominee of Judge Kavanaugh for to the Supreme Court, those “two permanently different paths” has changed into a road of revolt. No longer will the American woman have simply “the features of the wife” as Tocqueville saw the American woman in his time, nor do they now retain the “spirit” of his time in America. With the allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett M. Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before a Senate Committee Hearing, the “two paths” became a road of what is before us in America, but has been denied since the inception of the United States as a country, that is the oppression by the Anglo-American Male Patriarchy, class elitism and misogynist behavior against women in general.
However, there is within this general American social oppression and struggle, class war between men and women of the elite classes that cannot be overlooked or even over stated. One can rightfully asked that if it had been a working class white women or a working class national minority woman who had accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, would she had been given a fair hearing before a Senate Committee Hearing? If indeed, if it had been a working class American male who had been accused by a white elite woman for sexual misconduct or inappropriate sexual behavior, or worse sexual assault, would he have the same rights to be heard like Judge Kavanaugh? Is it not also a fair observation to say that American women will not be on the same equal social and cultural road as American men, until they help to free their very men from the shackles of capitalistic economics and the hated machismo fetters that have influenced them? These questions can be asked but not truthfully answered in the America that exist at this time in the early years of the twenty-first century. A circus media presentation is what was given to Americans to debate about, until millions of American women and men take to the streets in their rage like what I witnessed on a street in Vermont.
[i] Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Trans. By Arthur Goldhammer. New York, N.Y.: The Library of America, 2004, 705.
[ii] Ibid, 706.