Kennedy Slams Amy Barrett’s Critics

By Carly Ortiz-Lytle October 15th, 2020 | Image Source : Washington Examiner

Sen. John Kennedy used colorful language to describe a professor who suggested Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was using her children as “props.”

“Some butthead professor at Boston University says that because you and your husband have two children of color, that you’re a ‘white colonist.’ The implication is that you are a racist and that you use your two children as props. Do you use your children as props?”

Barrett said that the comments were “deeply offensive and hurtful” and part of the reason she had to “weigh the cost” of the nomination with her husband.

“It was the risk of people saying things like that which would be so hurtful to my family, that when I told Sen. Graham this morning that my husband and I really had to weigh the cost of this, it was saying deeply offensive and hurtful things, things that are not only hurtful to me but are hurtful to my children,” Barrett told the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her confirmation hearings.

“[They] are my children, who we love, and who we brought home and made part of our family, and accusations like that are cruel.”

Barrett and her husband, Jesse, have seven children, two of whom were adopted from Haiti.

Ibram Kendi, a professor at Boston University, tweeted on the day Barrett was nominated, “Some White colonizers ‘adopted’ Black children” and used them “as props in their lifelong pictures of denial.”

Kendi added that many white people believe “if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist.”

In his book, How to be an Antiracist, Kendi called for the establishment of a “Department of Anti-racism” that would “be responsible for preclearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won’t yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas.”

The department would be “empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.”

Author: Carly Ortiz-Lytle

Source: Washington Examiner: John Kennedy bashes ‘butthead professor’ for saying Amy Coney Barrett uses her adopted children as ‘props’

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