If you didn't know that the white Stanford undergraduate that served three months for the following counts:
1.) Assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman; guilty
2.) Sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object; guilty
3.) Sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object; guilty
was released this month on Sept. 2, here's the story by NPR and some backlash.
Rape punishment is racist.
Lots of white privilege rage. Lots of institutionalized racism rage. Lots of feminist rage directed at this story, this guy, and the powers in power that led to this and similar things like it that happen daily and will keep happening until there's an ideological revolution that confronts all types of racism. What kind of shit justice system works like this, really?
Let’s be far-fetched and take a trip down American History Lane to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, a dead soldiers' dedication speech that legitimized the Civil War as a fight for human equality. Lincoln spoke on Nov. 19, 1863, 152 years and 9 months ago:
"...our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...
...It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
I know it’s hard to hold a mere mortal man to his word, but these are my conclusions based on these statements in comparison to reality today: "by the people, for the people" meant “by the rich white dudes for them to control everyone else not woke (socially and racially aware) enough to realize they're being scammed, "all men are created equal" meant “white educated men are better than any other type and women aren’t even in the conversation,” and the soldiers died in vain for 152 years and 9 months of perpetuated human inequality institutionalized and socialized into American culture instead of realized in seceded states.
There are plenty of morally and racially conflicting cases and their effective punishments that astound me in the midst of Brock's pansy punishment. This is the one you've probably heard compared to Brock's case, but there are plenty more that call into question race, sexism, rape culture, and how you can put all of these variables into an equation that spits out an acceptable, fair sentence.
Corey Batey, black college student, 15 years for:
1.) Aggravated rape, penetration of vagina with fingers; guilty of aggravated sexual battery
2.) Aggravated rape, penetration of anus with fingers; guilty
3.) Aggravated rape, fellatio on mouth; guilty of attempted aggravated rape
4.) Aggravated rape, penetration of vagina with penis; guilty of attempted aggravated rape
5.) Criminal responsibility for Brandon E. Banks penetrating anus with object; guilty of facilitation of aggravated rape
6.) Aggravated sexual battery, criminal responsibility for Banks touching genital area; guilty
7.) Aggravated sexual battery, Batey placing his buttocks on face; guilty
In sum, human imperfection flashes at me like a bright neon sign underlying these current events. Social and racial issues make people uncomf. Therefore, they don't commonly enter social conversations. These human issues of paramount significance can't be swept under the rug. Yet, this is what we do in our micro-lives such that when they enter the public eye, we all blow up, unleashing the fury and opinions bottled up for years and generations.
The first thing people need to do is be aware and compassionate. Everybody has unconscious biases; they need to be confronted and unpacked, not communicated through microaggressions, or worse, manifested in judicial sentences and public polices. When you grow up with privilege, you don't have to care about these things. When you don't, they loom over you like a shadow reminding you that you didn't make the cut into the Privileged Club where social apathy is not only cool but the standard. The worst thing a privileged person can do is deny another's reality.
I'll close with the following opinions. White Lives Matter is bullshit because that's clear through Black Lives Matter. I'm Filipina and I know Cafe Mocha Lives Matter, but since I'm not so privileged as to be the color of purity, I shut up. The public doesn't need to stop talking about race, bringing it up, or playing the race card, that's privileged discomfort communicating discomfort, seeking shelter in nonchalance - "don't rock the boat!" The American government needs to be checked for sexism and racism. It would be nice to have uniform policies direct the nation toward humanity and equality when it's people are slow to catch on. These are differences that can't be disregarded just as much now as during the American Civil War (was that about money?).
Right now would be a great time for another Gettysburg Address catered to the times. The intention is in the right place, but our policies and personal and political ideologies are unforgivably slow to change in a world where only action gets us closer to realizing social justice.