The women’s marathon first became an Olympic event in 1984. On September 27, 2018, in many ways, Christine Blasey Ford completed a much longer and arduous race.
Last Thursday, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Blasey Ford shared her story of sexual assault in haunting detail. When asked what memory stood out the most about this heinous incident, she responded, “The laughter. The uproarious laughter…” of her male perpetrators, one of whom she has repeatedly identified as Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Yes, Blasey Ford sobbed as she recounted the ordeal of some 36 years ago that left an indelible mark across her life. She may have stumbled over certain words, certain facts dulled by the passage of time, but she did not falter. Most of all she did not quit.
In retrospect, perhaps her testimony was not so much about guilt or innocence, or even credibility. Rather, it was about the energy Ms. Blasey Ford released into the judicial nomination process and the world at large, that forced a sentinel of 11 angry white men to listen to her as she dragged them kicking and screaming like toddlers into the light of a new century. Even Donald Trump toned down his usual vitriolic rhetoric.
In 1984, Joan Benoit won the first woman’s marathon with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes. Ms. Blasey Ford has run her own marathon, one spanning over 317,688 hours since that summer night in 1982. She may now rest.
Godspeed, Ms. Blasey Ford. Godspeed.
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k.g. Sambrano is a Canadian writer known for his works of literary fiction and poetry, and is an occasional freelance political writer. His latest non-fiction book, Trump- the First 365 Days: America’s Fight for America was released on February 20, 2018.