Last week, when it became obvious that Donald Trump was going to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg as Supreme Court Justice, I wondered how they were going to try to smear this woman.
Being a conservative and a constitutionalist I knew that the normal attacks would be there. “She’s going to overturn Roe v. Wade”, “She is going to drive the LGBTQ (insert whatever more letters you want there) crowd back in to the shadows” and “she’ll deport and punish ‘undocumented’ workers” and on and on and on. Same stuff, different judicial candidate.
But then I remembered the case of Brett Kavanaugh. Same constant attacks-but then came this mysterious woman from the past. The woman who alleged that he had sexually assaulted her at a party-but the trauma was so deep that she couldn’t remember anything else. Her story, as it turned out, was not only far-fetched but totally unsubstantiated. That failing, they searched the bottom of the barrel to find whatever dirt they could. They came up with the shocking fact that he enjoyed beer in college. Was this information deeply scandalous? They may have hoped so-but it was just a smoke screen.
So, back to Amy Coney Barrett. I looked in to her a bit. She is 48 years old, married, and the mother of seven children. Two of those children were adopted from Haiti. She is a devout Catholic who believes in the balance of power and that it’s not a judge’s place to legislate. What ever could they find?
Enter the year 2020. I don’t know if there is a single drink left unspilled or a pizza left unburned this year. 2020 is the year which, after a quiet start has kept us on our toes since spring. And the buzzword for 2020?
So how could racism be applied to Amy Coney Barrett?
Enter Ibram X. Kendi, a staunch anti-capitalist sponsored by the CEO of Twitter and author of the book (insert irony) “How to be an Antiracist”.
Mr. Kendi surmises that white people who adopt children of color are, indeed, racists and colonialists. “Some White colonizers ‘adopted Black children”. “They ‘civilized’ these ‘savage’ children in the ‘superior’ ways of White people, while using them as props in their lifelong pictures of denial while cutting the biological parents of these children out of the picture of humanity”.
That statement is quite the mouthful. Granted, the picture he was commenting on wasn’t the Barretts, but he believes these White people that adopt children of color are all the same. So, to paraphrase (with some sarcasm intended), the judge and her husband decided to adopt two poor Black children from Haiti, took them from their biological parents and set about erasing their history, reigning in their savagery, and subjugating them to the oppressive systems, beliefs, and standards of European Colonialism, all in the name of virtue signaling. Yes, it is that bad.
Now I am certain that the circumstances were much different than what he described. While I can’t be totally sure, as I wasn’t there, my guess would be that the children were orphans living in squalor with barely enough food and little to no extra comforts. My next guess would be that the kids are now living in a much better place; fed, clothed and safe and secure in their environment.
At the end of the day one thing is for sure, racism is at play here, and it is thick and ugly. No, not from Amy Coney Barrett and her family, but from their detractors-specifically Kendi and his fellow “antiracists”. These people believe that European colonialism and white men specifically are to blame for all the problems in their lives and the world. They want nothing more than to make the white man pay for those problems and are willing to go to any length to make that happen-including throwing around racist and sexist slurs and destroying innocent lives, excusing it as a reaction to white supremacy and the patriarchy.
Well I call shenanigans on Mr. Kendi and all those like him. I am pretty sure that if you could peel back the layers of his soul, you’d find that he is just another supremacist. Just like many of the protesters burning down cities, they don’t want equality, they want supremacy.
They claim that Amy Coney Barrett is part of the white supremacist patriarchy. That she has “internalized racism”, in spite (because) of the fact that she has chosen to love 2 black children deeply enough to bring them into her family and call them her own. They think she is totally in the grips of the patriarchy because she loves her husband and defers to him as the head of the household. She, having just been appointed to one of the highest positions of power in the world, is both oppressed and oppressor.
I think the truth of it is that these people can’t imagine a world in which happiness, equality and joy prevail. They want supremacy. They want power. And they don’t have the wherwithal to understand that power comes not through how you look, but how you live.