Boston University Professor Denounces Barrett As “White Colonizer” For Adopting Two Haitian Children

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It appears that Judge Amy Coney Barrett has gone from a “cult member” for being a devout Catholic to a possible “white colonizer” for adopting two Haitian children.  Where most of us saw a loving interracial family at the White House ceremony on Saturday,  Ibram X. Kendi, the new director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, saw a possible case of effective baby snatching by “White colonizers.”

On Saturday, Kendi wrote “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 obvious implication is that the Barrett’s may have used their adopted children as mere props as part of a possible effort to hide their racism. It was clearly designed to curtail the praise of the Barrett family by suggesting that the parents might be racists. Indeed, he puts “adopted” in quotation marks to suggest that some of these children are not really adopted but presumably acquired or snatched by “White people.”

After leveling that truly disgusting suggestion against this family, Kendi added “And whether this is Barrett or not is not the point. It is a belief too many White people have: if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist.”

It is akin to saying that you are not sure “whether not” Barrett is a kidnapper while leaving that question dangling as you explain how the criminal scheme.  It is an example how any notion of decency can be dispensed with in the criticism of conservative figures or causes. Once again, the only thing more disturbing than this outrageous attack is the relative silence of the media or Kendi’s colleagues.

It appears that it only takes a Supreme Court nomination to take a clearly loving interracial family to raise the possibility that the parents are craved racist baby snatchers.  It is not clear if Kendi would have preferred that Barrett hide two of her children or not mention them to avoid any suggestion that they are mere props.  What is clear is that he wanted to interject the possible racism of the Barretts at a time when others were complementing the Barretts and their family. He then expressed a sense of his own injury when his words were taken as an accusation of any kind:

“And whether this is Barrett or not is not the point. It is a belief too many White people have: if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist/ I’m challenging the idea that White parents of kids of color are inherently ‘not racist’ and the bots completely change what I’m saying to ‘White parents of kids of color are inherently racist.’ These live and fake bots are good at their propaganda. Let’s not argue with them.”

In fact, many of us are not saying that Kendi said that all white parents of kids of color are racist. We found his need to raise whether the Barretts might be racists using her black children as props to be sufficiently offensive.

Judge Barrett has never had a charge of racism leveled against her as a lawyer, a law professor or a judge. While many disagree with her judicial philosophy, there is absolutely no basis to suggest that she is a racist or akin to a “white colonizer.” It is a classic set up to “prove the negative.” Prove that your adoption of two children from Haiti was not an effort to acquire “props in [your] lifelong pictures of denial.” As is often the case in the last few years, many of us are left simply dumbfounded by these vicious and gratuitous attacks. This (and so many moments) is best captured by the words of Army counsel Joseph Welch at the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954: “Have you no shame, sir, at long last? Have you no shame?”

174 thoughts on “Boston University Professor Denounces Barrett As “White Colonizer” For Adopting Two Haitian Children”

  1. As a father (adoptive) of two mixed race girls, I can only say that one has to be pretty dumb not to realize that underneath their skin, children are the same everywhere. All they need is a lot of love and they are never aware of skin colour differences in their family until some academic idiot decides to tell them that they are “different” and that they are being “exploited”. Whatever faults she may have, Judge Amy Coney Barrett has already shown she has an enormous heart and that for her love is not conditioned by race or skin colour.

  2. Why do bigots get any platform at all? Here or anywhere? I could have gone happily on my way today without hearing about this troglodyte and his mindless anti-white rhetoric against a woman trying to help out disadvantaged children. It’s perverse – both his commentary and giving it any air play at all. Kendi being sentenced to living with Kendi is the best revenge for the rest of us but I couldn’t care less about it.

  3. Much better that these children remain in Haiti where they can be sold into the international sex trade at age 8, or die from some god-awful disease.

  4. I honestly don’t understand the white people fetish of adopting black kids. It’s rampant in the midwest and I assume is related to a misplaced Christian sense of charity. Or too many white Christians saw “The Blind Side” movie and believe they will be raising the next sportsball millionaire.

    I have NEVER seen a black family adopt a white child, or an asian family adopt a white child, or a mestizo family adopt a white child etc etc etc….

    1. I honestly don’t understand the white people fetish of adopting black kids.

      As long as you believe it’s a fetish, you won’t. What’s worse, a white family adopting a child of color, or a white person ignoring black on black crime while supporting BLM?

      I have NEVER seen a black family adopt a white child, or an asian family adopt a white child, or a mestizo family adopt a white child etc etc etc….

      And because of that you blame white families for, what again…a misplaced sense of Christian charity.

      Congratulations, you managed to prove you’re a racist and a bigot in two short paragraphs.

    2. I have NEVER seen a black family adopt a white child, or an asian family adopt a white child, or a mestizo family adopt a white child etc etc etc….

      It’s of no interest what you’ve bothered to notice and what you haven’t.

      I have NEVER seen a black family adopt a white child, or an asian family adopt a white child, or a mestizo family adopt a white child etc etc etc….

      About 12,000 black children are adopted out of the public foster care system each year. Adoptions from Tropical and Southern Africa have averaged 850 per year in recent years and those from the Caribbean and Brazil have averaged about 340 per year. Not all of the adopting parents are white, but. OTOH, about 2 million children are born to white women in this county every year. I don’t think your precious bodily fluids are much endangered by trans-racial adoption.

  5. How many children has this professor adopted? Perhaps it would have been better to have left these children in an orphanage or on the streets of Porta Prince until parents with matching skin tones could be found. Then he could have brought out the usual accusation that those who oppose abortion have no care or concern for children after they are born. While that accusation is seldom true, a woman with two adopted children makes it quite obvious that it is not true in her case. Therefore, it is necessary to create another accusation to throw at her.

    1. You must think the U.S. is full of fools to suggest they’d base their vote on what a single academic says.
      You must also think that only white people adopt children from developing countries.

  6. Ha ha ha! Democrat “reason” is a parody of critical thinking. They’ve collectively jumped the shark. The benefit though is that they’re so patently absurd that nobody even bats an eye at their preposterous attempts at brinksmanship. America, in general, shakes her head and moves on with her day…and one “GOTCHA TRUMP!” scam after another falls by the wayside exposed as the utter scams that they are.

  7. Where was/is the outrage when all the Hollywood goody two shoes were adopting all manner of black kids?

    White Americans have been adopting children of all colors, race and creed (like that should mean something) from all over the world. DP children in Europe from both wars, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, it goes on and on. There’s no guilt, White people are caring and loving human beings, that’s who they are.

    Blacks have a problem OK and all they have to do is look within themselves. 7 more stabbed and shot over weekend in good old Chicago, oh and one of them was a 7 year old black.

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