If you were wondering whether Joy Behar of “The View” has an opinion on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and whether it’s predictably offensive, I have the answer to both of those questions for you: Yes and yes!
On the ABC chat show Friday, the day after Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Behar said that the point of the hearings wasn’t determining what the truth was but instead trying to maintain “white power.”
Behar noted, via statistics from the Brookings Institution, that white people made up 61 percent of the American population at present, although that was expected to dip very below 50 percent by 2044.
So clearly, according to Behar, that made us an apartheid state because … um, logic!
“Pretty soon we’ll be like South Africa, apartheid, where 10 percent of white people were running the country,” Behar said.
“It seems like the trajectory that we’re on here.”
When Whoopi Goldberg said that wasn’t going to happen, Behar doubled down.
“We hope not, but this is what they want,” she said.
“The people who are only interested in retaining white power in this country.”
So, just so we’re clear, this controversy, which is about whether or not Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted someone, isn’t actually about whether or not Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted someone. No, that would be too simple for Behar.
Instead, this is all about an America that resembles P.W. Botha’s South Africa or Ian Smith’s Rhodesia. The very fact that Kavanaugh was nominated seems proof enough this is an apartheid state in the making. This abrupt left turn in discussion seems awkward when you watch it and is even more ridiculous when considered outside of the confines of the discussion on “The View” — which seems to exist in its own hermetic little world where token conservatives are occasionally allowed in.
Beyond the sheer weirdness of this argument, it’s worth noting that no matter what your race may be — and, unless Behar belongs to the same tribe that Elizabeth Warren does, I do believe she’s white — attacking someone over their whiteness doesn’t lend credibility to your arguments.
Nobody who didn’t already agree with Behar is more inclined to take her seriously because she believes that this is about white power, not accusations of sexual assault.
The strange thing is that this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this argument; take this tweet from Sarah Silverman during the Kavanaugh hearings Thursday, in which she asked why we should even be nominating someone like Kavanaugh at all, since he’s white and male:
Can we ask why, in a country whose govt is meant to reflect the citizens it represents, ANOTHER WHITE MALE is the nominee at all?
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 28, 2018
This isn’t Behar’s first foray into controversy, nor will it be her last. One assumes that it’s actually part of her job description at this point.
The question is, when will people start turning off their television sets in disgust? When will we stop judging people by the color of their skin and, per Martin Luther King’s eternal dictum, start judging them by the content of their character? Or can we just take a smaller step and hope media figures like Behar can stop race-baiting for once?
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