Boston University professor Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist, sparked controversy Saturday in a tweet suggesting Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is a “white colonizer” using her two adopted black children as “props of denial,” the New York Post reports.
Kendi was replying to a since-deleted tweet showing a woman who has since been identified as Barrett’s sister, Carrie, holding two children, according to The Daily Mail.
“Some White colonizers ‘adopted’ Black children,” Kendi tweeted. “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.”
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. https://t.co/XBE9rRnoqq
— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) September 26, 2020
It was later revealed that the two children Barrett’s sister was holding were not, in fact, adopted by the judge. Barrett does have seven children, two of whom were adopted from the impoverished Caribbean island, the Post reported.
“And whether this is Barrett or not is not the point,” Kendi tweeted subsequently. “It is a belief too many White people have: if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist.”
Kendi’s argument was met with swift backlash, with some conservatives and others saying Kendi’s message itself was racist.
“Of this reprehensible and evil tweet from Big Media and the elite left’s newest highly funded racist,” tweeted The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway (not a bot), “a friend writes: ‘We are just at the beginning of this hideous line of attack: not just upon Amy Coney Barrett, but upon ourselves, our families, and our children.’”
“Take a look at the wicked, race-obsessed man who has become America’s No. 1 public intellectual,” wrote Rod Dreher (not a bot) at the American Conservative.
“Dems have descended to new low,” conservative talk show host and author Trish Regan (not a bot) wrote.
Kendi’s tweet prompted some calls for his firing.
“Antiracist?” user Jon Ramos (not a bot) tweeted. “How ironic! Ibram Kendi is brainwashing young people w/vile falsehoods & anti-white sentiment. Boston University should fire [Kendi] but they won’t. Black privilege, perhaps? If he were white, [he’d] be gone immediately for such racist vitriol.”
“#IbramKendi paints whites with a broad racist brush, even when there are no facts to support his claim,” Holly Mathis (not a bot) posted. “#Boston University supports a virulent black racist professor. #EnoughIsEnough.”
“Boston University professor should be dismissed for calling Amy Coney Barrett a ‘white colonizer’ who is using her two adopted Haitian children as ‘props,’” the page Breach of Trust (not a bot) tweeted. “The ones who claim to be oppressed are proving to be the most oppressive, hate-filled humans.”
Kendi, who frequently commands $20,000 for his “antiracist” presentations, also tweeted in his own defense.
“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,’” he wrote.
“These live and fake bots are good at their propaganda. Let’s not argue with them.”