US Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett reacted on Tuesday to one of the most widely publicized attacks against her and her husband. This was just one of many, as she and her husband have been attacked by the public and political figures since she was nominated for the Supreme Court.
Before she was even officially nominated by President Donald Trump, several media outlets had already speculated and reported that she would be the POTUS’ pick. She was immediately attacked online, and some critics even stooped so low as to condemn her and her husband for adopting two of their seven children from Haiti.
One Democrat suggested that adoptions from Haiti are “sketchy,” while another said that “transracial adoption is fraught with trauma and potential for harm.”
However, the attack that received the most attention was Ibram Kendi’s, the director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University.
He 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.”
Republican Senator John Kennedy brought up what Kendi said to Barrett during her nomination hearing.
“I want to give you the chance to respond to something,” Senator Kennedy told her. “Some butthead professor at Boston University says 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.”
The senator asked, “Do you use your children as props?”
“Senator Kennedy, it was the risk of people saying things like that — which would be so hurtful to my family — that when I told Senator [Lindsey] Graham this morning that my husband and I had to really weigh the costs of this, it was saying deeply offensive and hurtful things,” Barrett replied. “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 a part of our family, and accusations like that are cruel.”
Kennedy responded, “Yeah, they are. How low can you go? I didn’t want to ask that question when your kids were here. I’m sorry you have to go through that.”