‘Nominating Dr. Blasey Ford is not about partisan politics: it is about recognizing … the simple act of speaking one’s truth…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill nominated Christine Blasey Ford for the Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus award, WRAL reported.
Ford studied psychology at UNC and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988.
She accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, without corroborating evidence, of sexually assaulting her when she was 15 years old and he was 17 years old.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations and earned a seat on the Supreme Court after a weeks-long political fight.
UNC English Professor Jennifer Ho nominated Ford, WSOC-TV reported.
“There may be people reading this nomination letter who will take issue with Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony or who may see this letter as an example of partisan politics,” Ho wrote in the nomination letter. “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.”
UNC gives as many as five Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus awards to graduates who have “made an outstanding contribution to humanity in any walk of life.”
“Dr. Blasey Ford giving her testimony, speaking truth to power, was an inspiration for so many of us,” Ho wrote, CNN reported. “Her accomplishment is to be an alumna of integrity, who despite great personal cost to herself and her family told her story of her sexual assault and emboldened others to also find the courage to speak out against injustice.”
Ford has raised more than $700,000 from GoFundMe campaigns, CBS News reported.
While Ho said her nomination does not have a partisan angle, she sided with Ford’s testimony, despite the FBI report showing no indication that Kavanaugh committed the sexual assault.
“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,” Ho wrote.