Christine Blasey Ford is now being honored with an award nomination for “speaking truth to power.”
The woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh ahead of his confirmation of sexually assaulting her in high school has been nominated for a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for going public, CNN reported.
The nomination letter claims the move is “not about partisan politics,” but is about “recognizing that the simple act of speaking one’s truth, especially when that truth involves sexual assault, is an act of bravery.”
Ford was nominated by Dr. Jennifer Ho, an English professor at UNC where Ford herself graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
“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, referring to the California professor’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Dr. Blasey Ford giving her testimony, speaking truth to power, was an inspiration for so many of us,” she continued. “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.”
The UNC Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award “recognizes alumni for outstanding contributions to humankind,” according to the UNC Alumni Association website.
Some signatures supporting the letter were apparently deleted or tampered with, leading Ho to disable public editing as she indicated in the letter. She has also received hate mail and demands for the school to fire her, according to CNN.
“During her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, (Ford) spoke about how her first few years of college were difficult,” Ho told CNN. “So as a University of North Carolina professor, it was a reminder that I have students in the classroom who could be really struggling with things besides my course material.”
“I did this because I believe she told the truth,” Ho added. “In another life, Blasey Ford could have shared this information with one of her faculty.”
“I did this for the students,” she said.
Just as Ford’s allegations and Kavanaugh’s denials divided the nation – and the Senate that confirmed him – the proposed award sparked divided reaction on Twitter.
Some were quite happy with the award nomination:
BREAKING: Christine Blasey Ford has just been nominated for the Distinguished Alumna award at her alma mater, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for “doing something extraordinary”.
I agree 100%!
Thank you Dr. Ford.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) October 9, 2018
Count this UNC alumna as on board for this. Thank you for standing up Dr. Blasey Ford.https://t.co/0gGSg2cMLV
— Christina Reynolds (@creynoldsnc) October 9, 2018
— BohoGirlResists 💗 (@KikiAdine) October 9, 2018
Others delivered a reality check:
Maybe they should wait a little while just in case there happens to be some investigation that uncovers that it was a setup and the whole thing is a lie. https://t.co/jjQdMosh9D
— Patriot Corner (@PatriotCorner) October 9, 2018
— Lynne Joy (@LynneWinfrey) October 10, 2018
— Gaby (@gabymixH) October 10, 2018
— Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) October 10, 2018
UNC must stand for Utterly No Conscience https://t.co/aiA0JjeKE8
— Ann Wiseman (@135f3e8b14ed4bf) October 10, 2018
So are we to assume that the multiple PROVEN sexually attacked Bill Clinton victims are next on the award list? Maybe an award for fictional storytelling should be awarded to Ford.
— Shades of Red (@Loracrone) October 10, 2018
The first sign of partisan politics is a statement that “this is not about partisan politics.”
Truth to power. Y’all must be crazy.
— Econ 101 🌹➡️☠️ (@MURedskn) October 10, 2018
So now it’s not only guilty until proven innocent we’re giving awards for an accusation without merit
— todd thompson (@toddthompson92) October 10, 2018
Oh, she distinguished herself alright….🙄
— It’s The Great Skydash Charlie Brown (@skydash) October 10, 2018