Amid her ongoing Senate confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett responded to being labeled by woke activists as a “white colonizer” who adopted a son and daughter from Haiti to be used as “props.”
Barrett’s rebuttal to the statement, which we previously reported had been made by Boston University professor Ibram X. Kendi, followed a question by Sen. John Kennedy (R-Louisiana).
“I wanna give you a chance to respond to something,” Sen. Kennedy said at the hearing on Tuesday, according to a clip shared by the Daily Caller. “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’re a racist and that you use your two children as ‘props.’ Do you use your children as props?”
Sen. John Kennedy asks ACB about Boston University's @DrIbram saying that she is a "white colonist" for adopting two Haitian children:
"They are my children who we love and who we brought home and made part of our family and accusations like that are cruel." pic.twitter.com/tgrhUe2zM4
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 13, 2020
“Senator Kennedy, 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 had to really weigh the cost of his,” Barrett answered, noting that they expected to hear “deeply offensive and hurtful things, things that are not only hurtful to me but are hurtful to my children—who are my children who we love and who we brought home and made part of our family—and accusations like that are cruel.”
“Yeah, they are. How low can you go?” Sen. Kennedy sympathized. “I didn’t want to ask that question when your kids were here. I’m sorry you have to go through that.”
As we reported earlier, Kendi, who serves as Boston U’s Center for Antiracist Research Director, 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.”
Adoption is one of the most beautiful things that exists in the world, and while — like everything, including biological families — it can foster abuse, casually insinuating that for adoptive parents is despicable.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 26, 2020
“And whether this is Barrett or not is not the point,” Kendi added, noting that he’d mistakenly used a photo of Barrett’s sister in his original tweet. “It is a belief too many White people have: if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist.”
Several other pundits and media figures joined Kendi late last month in suggesting that Barrett adopted her children, Vivian and John Peter, from Haiti for inappropriate reasons.
According to the Daily Caller, Next Gen America managing director John Lee Brougher said that he needed to “know more about the circumstances” of how Barrett’s adoption of her children and “the treatment of them since.”
“Transracial adoption is fraught with trauma and potential for harm, and everything I see here is deeply concerning,” he added.
Democratic activist Dana Houle said he would “love to know which adoption agency Amy Coney Barrett and her husband used to adopt the two children they brought here from Haiti.”
“Does the press even investigate details of Barrett’s adoptions from Haiti,” Houle asked. “Some adoptions from Haiti were legit. Many were sketchy as hell. And if press learned they were unethical and illegal adoptions, would they report it? Or not, bc it involves her children.”
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