You know the quote attributed to Karl Marx, "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce." This could not apply more to the "MeToo" movement, particularly as it intersects with Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old black man who has a an alleged history of domestic abuse, that law enforcement shot and nearly killed in Kenosha, Wisc.
The interaction sparked another round of riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin a few weeks ago. The reaction from the media and politicians, ignoring his alleged history of domestic violence while proclaiming him a hero shows just how farcical the "MeToo" movement has become—and perhaps always was.
Blake is recovering from the gunshot wounds he sustained, but that hasn't stopped the mainstream media and Democrat politicians from heralding Blake a hero. Senator Kamala Harris spoke to Blake via phone on Monday and, according to a statement released about the call, told him she was "proud" of him.
This hit some people the wrong way, especially women.
Kelly is referring to Blake’s alleged criminal history, particularly accusations of domestic violence toward women. According to this article in USA Today fact-checking Blake's history, he was "charged July 6 with felony third-degree sexual assault and misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct. All three offenses carried a penalty enhancer because they were connected to domestic abuse."
"The charges — which have not gone to trial — stem from a May 3 incident in Kenosha County. A woman Blake knew told police he came into her house about 6 a.m., sexually assaulted her and then took a debit card and car keys before fleeing in her vehicle, according to a criminal complaint."
Additionally, "a warrant for Blake’s arrest was filed the day after the criminal complaint, online court records show." The day law enforcement shot Blake, it was in response to a 911 call police suspected was related to a domestic incident. USA Today reports, "A dispatcher used the police code 10-99 while sending officers, alerting them to Blake's warrant."
Kelly has good reason to be annoyed. The Vice Presidential hopeful and the mainstream media have been gushing about Blake meanwhile omitting or burying his alleged criminal misconduct toward women. Blake’s history does not mean he deserved to get shot or somehow earned a lengthy hospital recovery, but does provide additional context into why law enforcement would have been quick to draw their weapons in the middle of an altercation with this particular man.
The same people who ignore this are the same people who have been lecturing the public, especially conservatives, on the importance of women’s safety at work or out on dates, and encouraged the women of the “MeToo” women to stand up and label the misogynist men of the world who would dare assault--or even touch--them. That those two things, assault and flirting, became conflated is no accident--or at least it’s a result of sloppy messaging--and it quickly turned the entire thing on its head where it remains, unable to right itself, recover, or become meaningful to men or women once more.
In a recent New York Times piece about Blake’s recovery, the headline provided a one-two punch: Blake as victim and as hero. “Jacob Blake, Rare Survivor,” a portion reads. “It hurts to breathe; it hurts to sleep,” the piece quotes Blake in the subhead. The piece buries, until midway through, the mere mention of Blake’s history of alleged domestic violence.
Again, not everyone is amused.
According to the New York Times and Kamala Harris, the "MeToo" movement demanded fealty and men who wanted positions of power had to bow in deference before they succeeded. Often, said men were labeled sexual harassers or sexually violent, whether they had evidence of corroborating stories to support it.
Whether it was Judge Brett Kavanaugh vying for his own nomination to the Supreme Court despite an incredible record of jurisprudence and even cleaner record of behavior, or even Joe Biden, whom until last year Harris believed to be a man who sexually harassed women—these men and their character, history, and evidence was tossed aside when politically expedient.
However now, in this moment, with so much evidence showing that Blake behaves criminally toward women, and at the least, should have been a suspect treated with great caution, the media and politicians can barely state those facts in the light of day let alone stop praising Blake every moment. Why? Because the best political currency is the movement of the moment and the one that’s available and shiny and spending like crazy is Black Lives Matter, not "MeToo." That movement was a farce because it failed to prop politicians into a position of power as they desired and when the currency of Black Lives Matter has been spent into the red, it will prove to be a farce too.