During her Senate confirmation hearings this week, Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett was given a chance to respond to accusations against her that her adoption of two Haitian children was in any way unethical.
Senator John Kennedy (R – LA) used some of his time on Tuesday to give Barrett a chance to respond to allegations within leftist popular culture that she may be a “white colonizer” for adopting black children.
“Some butthead professor at Boston University,” began Kennedy, “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?”
Kennedy was referring to comments made by Ibram X. Kendi, famed author of the controversial New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist. Kendi posted to Twitter on September 26th – the same day that President Trump announced his nomination of Justice Barrett – that the adoption of black children by “white colonizers” is often a tactic to deny any accusations of racism.
“Senator Kennedy,” Barrett responded, “it was the risk of people saying things like that which would be so hurtful to my family that when I told Senator Graham this morning that my husband and I had to really weigh the cost of this, it was saying deeply offensive and hurtful things – things that are not only hurtful to me but 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.”
Kendi hasn’t been alone in raising such personal (and arguably offensive) objections to Justice Barrett’s family life. John Lee Brougher of Next Gen America and Democratic activist Dana Houle both cried foul in tweets that have since been deleted.
Amy Coney Barrett and her husband, Jesse, have seven children – five biological, and two adopted from Haiti.
Senator Ted Cruz (R – TX) gave Barrett a chance to speak more about her family’s decision to adopt, calling it a “remarkable” decision that he admires.
Barrett told Cruz that she and her husband encountered couples while they were engaged that had decided to adopt, and made the decision during their engagement that they would one day do the same. “…after we had our first daughter, Emma, we thought well, why wait? So I was expecting Tess when we went and got Vivian.”
They affectionately call Tess and Vivian, so close in age, fraternal twins.
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Several years later, they adopted John Peter.
“It really has enriched our family immeasurably,” Barrett said.
Caitlin Bassett graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with her Bachelor’s in Politics and Policy. She grew up in the great Pacific Northwest, but now calls Northern California home as she pursues ministry school.