This Monday morning, the entrance to Yale University Law School was spray-painted with words from the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The school is the alma mater of Brett Kavanaugh, the now-confirmed Supreme Court Justice who Ford accused of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school.
“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter…” reads white-lettered graffiti on the Sterling Law building on Yale’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut.
Entrance to the Yale Law School this morning pic.twitter.com/vRIlGyKRsT
— Laurel Raymond (@RayOfLaurel) October 22, 2018
The quote is from Ford’s testimony last month during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense,” Ford said in response to a question from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT.)
“I was underneath one of them while the two laughed. Two friends having a really good time with one another,” she continued, referring to Kavanaugh and his friend.
The graffiti was soon washed away, but other quotes began popping up around campus.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony has been spray painted across Yale’s campus. pic.twitter.com/WBrh0OS16y
— Simar (@sahluwal) October 22, 2018
“I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me,” another quote read.
“I have had to relive my trauma in front of the entire world,” read another quote emblazoned across a set of doors.
Speaking to HuffPost, former ThinkProgress reporter and current Yale law student Laurel Raymond said the graffiti is powerful because it’s appears on the front of the law school which is the “symbol of the institution.”
“Something about the permanence of paint speaks to how deeply betrayed and disappointed people feel,” Raymond said. “There’s still a lot of anger and disappointment in the halls of [Yale Law]. I think in particular, a lot of female students feel very fundamentally betrayed. But also very determined to change things for the better.”
“One thing you learn in law school is that process affects results,” Raymond said, adding that the past few weeks have been “a reminder that the processes that put people in power aren’t equally accessible and don’t value people —women, people of color, and people from non-elite backgrounds particularly — equally.”
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