White nationalist Richard Spencer’s wife, Nina Koupriianova, accused him of physically, emotionally and verbally abusing her, according to documents and exhibits filed in court as part of their divorce proceedings.
Ms Koupriianova said the abuse, which she documented in the form of transcribed conversations, emails, photographs, and even a conversation with the National Domestic Abuse Hotline, continued throughout the course of their eight-year marriage and included incidents that occurred while she was pregnant.
One of Mr Spencer’s favourite statements was “The only language women understand is violence”, Ms Koupriianova wrote.
What a surprise, a man who spews hate is accused of being violent with his wife. While these are only allegations, it is not hard to believe that what Ms Koupriianova alleges did in fact happen.
The only language women understand is violence.
It isn’t a coincidence that on the same day I read this article about Richard Spencer I read the first chapter of Esther.
On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.
But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him (Esther 1:10-12 KJV).
What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.
For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.
Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king’s princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath.
If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she (Esther 1:15-19 KJV).
Vashti’s only crime was that she did not come when the king beckoned. The reason behind this action is never considered. Maybe the queen was ill. Maybe there was some other good reason that she didn’t come running. None of that mattered, however, all that mattered was the king’s pride.
Texts like this show that for millennia, women have been treated poorly and been seen as inferior to men. This injustice still reigns today in forms including domestic violence, wage disparity, objectification of women and a myriad of other crimes too massive to list here.
As the world works to bring rights to the LGBTQ community (and there is still a long way to go here), I hope that we never forget the battle that has been going on for far to long for women to get the equality they deserve.
My prayer is that if these allegations turn out to be true, Mr. Spencer will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. One less abuser on the streets is a victory we can all appreciate.