Following the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court Justice, popular scholar and author of “How to Be An Anti Racist” Ibram X. Kendi shared shocking statements on Twitter that many interpret to be directed at Justice Barrett and her blended family. His vague yet scathing criticisms that are quintessential to his “woke” brand are as hypocritical as they are unfounded.
On September 26, 2020, Kendi tweeted, “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.”
The Supreme Court nominee and her husband have seven children, two of whom are adopted Black Haitians. Every member of the Barrett family, biological and adopted alike, appear to be happy, healthy, and comfortable in their home life. But being an outstanding wife, mother and judge does not render you inscrutable in our “progressive” society. Apparently, we are still judging people based off their skin color to determine their worthiness instead of their actual track record as Kendi indicated on Twitter that same day when he stated: “And whether this is about Barrett or not is not the point. It is a belief that too many White people have; if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist.”
To summarize: it’s possible Barrett is a racist not because she is discriminatory, has made racist statements, is a white supremacist or anything of the kind; quite the opposite. Instead, she has committed the crime of adopting Black children into her White family as a pro-life Conservative. But because some White colonizers (we don’t know who or when), adopted children of color with ill motive, we should be leery of Barrett’s position on race, too.
The logic is so convoluted that one need not look far to realize that the real issue people like Kendi take with Barrett is that despite being traditional in many ways, she is an undeniably qualified candidate with a polished personal life to match her impressive career.
Of course, Barrett being an outspoken pro-life Conservative, her having an interracial family does not fit the profile of what individuals like Kendi would like to assume about these so-called “colonizers.” Those of us on the same political side as Barrett who fight for every life see through his claims and recognize the double standard being imposed, but sadly, Kendi’s accusations like these garner widespread support. In reality, having her serve on the Supreme Court could pose a pivotal turning point for our nation, as we would have another justice committed to defending the most vulnerable lives that people like Kendi are convinced should have no voice in society.
Even though it is not necessarily permissible for a white woman to adopt Black children, it’s apparently completely acceptable to take donations from white people without questioning their cause. Kendi’s Center for Antiracist Research recently received a $10 million grant from a wealthy white businessman; how interesting that he did not find it necessary to defend his decision to accept the money to his social media followers, but was quick to criticize a working mother for giving orphaned children parents and a stable family.
He has shown his true colors and made his position clear: black lives matter so long as they advance his social agenda, and everything else is inconsequential.
This is why, despite Kendi’s ample “activism” for black equality, you won’t see him condemning abortion, the biggest target against black lives in America, anytime soon. Never mind that the abortion holocaust targets black women at three times the rate of their white counterparts, and abortion facilities are concentrated in lower socioeconomic communities run by racist, eugenicist companies like Planned Parenthood, which was literally created to eradicate people of color. How long will the black community turn a blind eye to the biggest genocide the world has ever seen, that is taking their children, harming their mothers, and tearing apart their families every second of every day?
As a black physician and former abortionist who now knows the horror behind what I once willingly did, I cannot sit on the sidelines while Kendi hides behind his social platform, pretending to champion people of color. I am so grateful to know that our president has nominateda Judge Barrett to serve in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s empty chair to advocate for the rights of all people, no matter their gender, race or developmental status.
Dr. Haywood Robinson is a former abortionist turned pro-life advocate. He is the director of medical affairs and education for 40 Days for Life.