The World Split Open

Brett Kavanaugh was the embodiment of white patriarchal entitlement when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon. He clearly believes that he should be exempt from challenge and above reproach. He adamantly refused to answer questions, insisting that he had earned every privilege he has been granted and shouting that graduation from Yale Law School makes him exempt from interrogation.

Kavanaugh’s rage, tears, and persistent whining were actually a sign that the old order is crumbling. These white men are afraid. Lindsey Graham’s volcanic meltdown was a testimony to his terror that a new day is dawning.

I kept thinking about Muriel Rukeyser’s prophetic words: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.”