Social justice activist, David Gee, best known for his contributions to The Friendly Atheist blog, has posted allegations of rape against Neil deGrasse Tyson:
A woman says famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson drugged and raped her when they were both grad students in 1984, and you’re about to hear her tell the story in her own words.
Her name is Tchiya Amet, and she’s a musician who once studied Galactic Astronomy in the graduate program at University of Texas in Austin. Amet says Tyson slipped her a “Mickey,” a drug used to incapacitate victims of sexual assault, and caused her to drop out of school.
What is fascinating is that another social justice activist, PZ Myers, doesn’t believe the woman:
You accuse one skeptic of rape, and next thing you know you’re the guy who’ll accuse anyone of rape. I get mentioned in this article about Tchiya Amet, the woman who is saying Neil Tyson raped her. She sounds credible. I can believe something happened. She definitely experienced some trauma around that time that led to her dropping out of grad school. She definitely believes she was the victim of a non-consensual sexual assault by Tyson. But…She sounds credible. I can believe something happened. She definitely experienced some trauma around that time that led to her dropping out of grad school. She definitely believes she was the victim of a non-consensual sexual assault by Tyson. But…
I expect a little bit of corroborating evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t any. A friend who testifies to her distress at the time, signs of a pattern of abuse by Tyson to others, anything. There’s nothing. Apparently, a news organization (Buzzfeed, maybe?) tried to investigate, but hit a wall where there was a complete absence of any indications that he’d been a predatory dudebro back in the day. That was where I was stuck, too. I don’t have any investigatory ability, and all I had was this one person’s words.
Hold on. Are we sure PZ is talking about Tchiya Amet? After all, PZ Myers is using the exact arguments many of us cited for why we remained skeptical of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation.
To borrow from Myers, yeah, something happened to Ford and yeah, she definitely believes she was the victim of a non-consensual sexual assault by Kavanaugh. But…
We expected a little bit of corroborating evidence. Unfortunately for Ford, there wasn’t any. A friend who testified to her distress at the time, signs of a pattern of abuse by Kavanaugh to others, anything. There was nothing.
Yes, given the massive amount of publicity generated by the politically charged and consequential story, some did try to manufacture a pattern of abuse, but all they could come up with was some uncorroborated dorm party story rooted in a recently recovered memory and another uncorroborated story filled with crazy accusations from a person who had a long track record of credibility problems. Put simply, no pattern.
And just about every news organization tried to investigate the various allegations against Kavanaugh, and they all hit a wall where there was a complete absence of any indications that he’d been a predatory dudebro back in the day.
That was where we were stuck, too. We didn’t have any investigatory ability, and all we had was this one person’s words.
Myers is so brainwashed by his ideology that he simply cannot comprehend that many of us were skeptical of Ford’s allegations for the exact same reasons he is skeptical of Amet’s accusations. Perhaps this speaks to the unearned privilege of social justice activists – they get to demand evidence when they, and only they, feel like it.
Anyway, it’s good to see that Myers has rediscovered the importance of evidence. For as someone who rejected Ford’s allegations because of lack of evidence, I also reject Amet’s allegations for the same reason.
But here’s where it gets the most weird – Myers embraced the allegations of Ford and Swetnick. Hook, line, and sinker. Why is that? They had no more evidence than Amet does.
In fact, if you compare the two cases, it actually looks like Amet has a stronger case than Ford:
Why so firmly believe Ford yet be so skeptical of Amet? And this is not just a problem for PZ Myers; it is a problem for anyone and everyone who has embraced Ford’s allegation as truth. If you think Ford is telling the truth, then you are rationally obligated to believe that Amet is telling the truth and Neil Tyson did rape her back in the 1980s. If you disagree, then you must find some piece of powerful evidence that Ford has and Amet lacks.
And keep in mind that the social justice narrative does have an explanation for this inconsistency, for why PZ Myers, and those like him, believe Ford yet demand evidence from Amet. The only explanation on the table as of now….
Ford is white; Amet is black.