As a kid I was always a head shorter than other boys, which meant I was bullied—mocked, threatened, sometimes assaulted.
America has become a culture of bullying—the wealthier over the poorer, those with privilege and pedigree over those without, the whiter over the browner and blacker.
Sometimes the bullying involves physical violence. More often it entails intimidation, displays of dominance, demands for submission, or arbitrary decisions over the lives of those who feel they have no choice but to accept them.
The question is whether those who are bullied will fight back. (I did, finally, and it made all the difference.)
The drama that took place in the Kavanaugh-Ford hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 was a window into our bullying culture.
The stakes on one side were the power of men who harass or abuse women and get away with it, of privileged white men to entrench their power…