Kavanaugh Accuser Nominated For Distinquished UNC Alumna

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

For years the word truth was usually preceded by the definite article. Now, at least politically and academically–and they often overlap, it is getting other modifiers.

When University of North Carolina English professor Jennifer Ho nominated Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for a distinguished alumna award from her alma mater, Ho wrote, “But what Dr. Blasey Ford did on September 27, 2018 was something that was extraordinary in how ordinary it was: she told the truth about a sexual assault she experienced when she was fifteen years old at the hands of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.” Neither the U. S. Senate Judiciary, an independent prosecutor they brought in nor the FBI could corroborate that “truth.” Thus it is interesting that a paragraph later in her nominating letter, Ho writes, “But this letter nominating Dr. Blasey Ford is not about partisan politics: it is about recognizing that the simple act of speaking one’s truth, especially when that truth involves sexual assault, is an act of bravery.”

Perhaps it is one of those subtle distinctions academics specialize in, or are they trying to subtly redefine truth?