I am also reminded of RBG’s reply to the question of how many women on SCOTUS would be appropriate and she said…

I am also reminded of RBG’s reply to the question of how many women on SCOTUS would be appropriate and she said “Nine.”

Because of course, it was not at all remarkable for 200+ years that it was ALL MALE. So why not all female? (Doesn’t even have to be for 200 years, though that would also be appropriate.)

In all of American history, only 2.7 percent of our congressional representatives have been women. Only 10 black people have ever served in the Senate. We went nearly a century with zero black senators. A black woman didn’t enter the chamber until 1993; just one more has come since then. Nor has there ever been a Republican woman on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It’s a lot of work,” chairman Grassley offered as a reason for this fact. “Maybe they don’t want to do it.”

Somehow it escaped Grassley that his Democratic counterpart, Dianne Feinstein, is a woman, and that she is joined by three more women on the Democratic side of the aisle. Or maybe he’s just trying really hard to forget, because, like Donald Trump Jr., he’s frightened.

Don Jr. says he’s worried for his multimillionaire sons, that it’s a scary time to be a (white) man. Throughout the confirmation process, an array of Republican senators repeated this odd concern. At first, I marveled at how little it takes to make a powerful white man feel like he’s in danger. But then I realized: They’re correct—we absolutely are a threat to them.

White Men Have Good Reason to Be Scared

Hell hath no fury like a white man scorned. If you take nothing else from the Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, take that much. Know that the angry hysterics of Lindsey Graham and Charles Grassley and Orrin Hatch were a continuation of the long, howling tantrum that began when Donald Trump descended from his tower in 2015.

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0 Responses to I am also reminded of RBG’s reply to the question of how many women on SCOTUS would be appropriate and she said…

  1. John Bump says:

    Loss of impunity is a threat to them, too.

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  2. Well, if they’re worried about their millionaire sons being rapists, maybe they should teach their sons not to rape…

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  3. I’m so not worried about white people beginning a numerical minority.

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  4. As a privileged white man myself, I am eager for the day when “my kind” stop running things. It isn’t even just about justice or fairness, but we are foolishly squandering the resources and talents of so many with the stupid, arbitrary focus on mostly older, mostly ultra-wealthy white men. We need different outlooks, different ideas, different priorities. Sure, there will be bad apples in any crop, but I’m not sure we possibly get much worse apples than the ones currently there. Bring on the women, the lower middle class, the brown and black, the diverse, the queer, the non-Christian (even atheists)!

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  5. John Bump says:

    Atul Gawande was talking about the foolish squandering of resources in one of his books about being a doctor. In the 1950’s, 95% of doctors in the US were white men. He finds it very improbable that they were the best doctors, just that they were the people who got accepted to and could pay for medical school. There were many people who would have been better doctors, but were prevented from becoming doctors, so all of society was running with medical care that wasn’t as good as it could have been. There’s a cost to that, shared by all of society. We concentrate on the benefits going unfairly to the privileged, while the cost to everyone, including the privileged, of excluding talented people, is mostly invisible.

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  6. On the topic of hidden costs to society due to inequality, a saying I’ve picked up:

    I’d rather be a peer among gods than a king among men.

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