Unethical Tweet Of The Month: Ibram X. Kendi

Kendi tweet

Ibram X. Kendi, the proud author of this neon-bright example of Rationalization #64, Yoo’s Rationalization or “It isn’t what it is,” isn’t just some radical, mind-poisoning, far left ideologue pseudo-intellectual race-baiting wacko. He’s a radical, mind-poisoning, far left ideologue pseudo-intellectual race-baiting wacko who will soon have been twisting young American brains into un-American pretzels for a full decade, fueling the descent of the Democratic Party and the rest of the mutating Left into full Orwellian lunacy.

The tweet should be res ipsa loquitur; no one should have to debunk it, because it is self-debunking. I have to admit, when Andrew McCarthy argued here that the Democratic mantra of “every vote counts” would be used to claim that illegal votes should count while the party continued its long strategy of tarring efforts to prevent illegal voting as voter suppression, I regarded the claim as a bit of pessimistic hyperbole uncharacteristic of the usually-sober and analytical legal expert. Yet here is Kendi, saying it outright: It is racist to insist that votes be legal, just as it is racist to insist that immigrants don’t break our laws by coming here. What a brilliant way to deny voter fraud! There is no such thing! Stuffing the ballot box (or, in the current madness, envelopes) with phony votes is a just a means of achieving racial justice, and thus treating the practice as illegal is racist.

Kendi is supposedly an authority to whom attention must be paid. He is the  director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. An example of the reasoning that resulted from his many degrees—he received a dual B.S. degrees in African American Studies and magazine production (???) from Florida A&M University and an M.A. as well as a PhD in African American Studies from Temple University—was his recent attack on Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett for adopting two Haitian children.  Kendi wrote after her nomination for the Court,

“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.”

He was suggesting that the Barretts use their adopted children as mere props as part of an effort to hide their racism. A white couple adopting black children is evidence of racism. More brilliance!

Fringe far-left radicals like Kendi pose an ethical problem. Though they typically advocate censorship of ideas they oppose and pump potentially fatal cultural toxin into our society, those of us who recognize as modern progressives do not the critical importance to a democracy of allowing even vile rhetoric like his to have a hearing still are tempted to declare that some lines must not be crossed. People have a right to be racists (like Kendri) but should that right extend to advocating racial bias in, say, The Atlantic, which frequently gives Kendri a forum?

Iram X. Kendi is currently infecting young minds with the “logic” expressed in his tweet above at Boston University, our 42nd best educational institution according to U.S. News. From 2008 to 2012, Kendi was an assistant professor of history in the Department of African and Latino Studies at State University of New York at Oneonta. From 2012 to 2015, Kendi was an assistant professor of African Studies at the University at Albany, and from 2013 to 2014, Kendi taught classes as a visiting scholar in the Department of African Studies at Brown. Then, from 2015 to 2017, Kendi was an assistant professor at the University of Florida, until he moved on to became a professor of history and international relations at the College of Arts and Sciences and School of International Service (SIS) at American University in Washington, D.C.

I taught legal ethics at American. In light of this, I am considering removing the credential from my curriculum vitae as misleading. Obviously teaching at American University doesn’t even indicate that one is sane, much less erudite or perceptive.

At American, Kendi founded the Antiracist Research and Policy Center and served as its Executive Director. Based on his definition of “racist,” the Center must promote racism, since what he calls racism isn’t, and his brand of anti-racism is what the un-addled would easily recognize as racist. Next it was on to Boston University last June as a professor of history, as Kendi took the Antiracist Research and Policy Center with him.

He is sort of an anti-white, racial hatred Typhoid Mary.

In the upcoming 2020–2021 academic year, Kendi will serve as the Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. When he moves to Cambridge, that will mean that the students in seven universities in ten years will have been subjected to the instruction of a man capable of issuing a tweet stating that the concept of a legal vote is racist. Parents and students have paid institutions of higher learning in the United States of America to allow Kendi to infect our rising generations with reasoning like that.

To call our willingness to allow such a travesty negligent, incompetent and irresponsible doesn’t begin to describe how this nation has not only permitted its values to rot from within, but encouraged the decay.

15 thoughts on “Unethical Tweet Of The Month: Ibram X. Kendi

    • Exactly. I’ve abhor Twitter, never been on Twitter, will never be on Twitter, but if I was, my reply would be – “You’re a legal moron.”

  1. I think it has become completely transparent that colleges have actively begun to veer away from educating students and have begun to lean heavily towards straight indoctrination. Where the hell do we go from here?

  2. The good news is that eventually tweets like this will eliminate racism altogether. How, you may ask? Why, when everything is racist, nothing will be!

    “Everyone can be racist. And when everyone’s racist…(laughs)… No one will be.” — Pseudo-Syndrome.

  3. Not sure this takes the prize for most unethical tweet. Here’s a “progressive” proposing fascist actions (from WSJ)
    Last Friday former Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Hari Sevugantweeted that “employers considering [Trump White House staff] should know there are consequences for hiring anyone who helped Trump attack American values.” He shared a link to a new website called “The Trump Accountability Project”—apparently an initiative to make unemployable anyone associated with the Trump Administration or campaign.

    • 1. Now, remember, “Unethical [] Of The [Week/Month] doesn’t purport to conclude “MOST” belongs at the start. There have been many months with multiple “Unethical quotes.”

      2. I actually saw that one. Jake Tapper had some tweets that were milder but carried the same basic message.I nearly used it, then my dog fell in a ditch and I lost part of the day….

      3. Hey! I mentioned the Trump Accountability Project earlier! Have you been skipping posts? Have you ? HAVe YOU????

    • It seems like these people are doing just what they accuse Trump of doing “who helped Trump attack American values”. They are the ones attacking American values, not Trump. Someone said it in a comment recently (perhaps Michael West?) that what ever accusations the Democrats fling at someone they are guilty of it themselves.

      Yes, it was Michael West:
      “Now class, let’s repeat the first rule of American political slander: “If the Democrats are accusing the Republicans of X, the reality is that the Democrats are___________________” I’ll let y’all finish the sentence, we all know it well now.”

  4. My daughter is at American University, majoring in International Studies (SIS). I am heartbroken when I recognize what they have done to her in just two years. Truly, truly, it is cult indoctrination. It is probably the saddest realization in my life. What a tragedy, to pay all that money (she is taking out loans as we couldn’t actually afford the tuition) only to have your mind entirely twisted. Again, just like a cult, people give up everything they have to belong. I have no idea how to help her, let alone the rest of our young adults. There are no support groups helping people get their college kids out of these cults.

    • Kaydee, your comment is probably the saddest, most disturbing one I’ve ever seen here. Sigh. Obviously, the situation in the American academy is worse than I thought. I guess I had hoped individual kids were managing to come through undergraduate programs largely unscathed. Guess I was wrong.

      • I am not sure many college students are safe. It takes a lot of intellectual rigor to withstand the elitist onslaught. They get if from every direction. It is Orwellian in its purist form. Yesterday, I saw a video of Mensa President Sandy Ocasio-Cortez discussing the distinctions between (betwixt?) capitalism, which she declared as evil at its core because it is exploitative of the masses, and democratic socialism, where freedom rains, reigns, reins down on all to lift them to a higher realm. Her entire position was not only flawed, but dangerously wrong. She is dangerous because she is just some bartendress slinging drinks at customers; she is supposedly the new face of the Democratic Party and is using her Marxist interpretation to mold public policy.

        jvb

      • I want to point out that she was raised in a conservative 2 parent household, taught history, personal responsibility, patriotism and, at the time I thought, most importantly, to think for herself. It seems all for naught currently. I thought she had been inoculated. I am truly worried that if she couldn’t escape, how can any of our children?

  5. Wow. Some people have no respect for language or critical thought. Even supposing for the sake of argument that literally everyone has a racial stereotype in mind when they hear a phrase, that doesn’t in and of itself make that phrase racist. An illegal alien, by definition, is a human who is in a particular country unlawfully. Words have meanings. If we want to say that the phrase “illegal alien” is racist against some group, then we need another phrase meaning “a human who is in a particular country unlawfully.”

    Similarly, it is entirely possible that people use the phrase “personal responsibility” as an excuse to avoid their own responsibility to create systems that build people up rather than oppress them. That doesn’t mean that personal responsibility isn’t a real virtue that people need to practice. If we don’t call it “personal responsibility” then we would need to call it something else, but that would result in a euphemism treadmill as each new phrase becomes widely misused and therefore offensive. It’s not the words that are the problem–it’s people using them disingenuously, and we need to call them on what they mean rather than on the words they use. Of course, that would require us to actually understand what they mean and why. Apparently most humans only know how to recognize words.

    I realize it would exceed the character limit for Ibram X. Kendi to explain this on Twitter, which is why he should not be trying to explain it on Twitter. He can, however, write an article and link to it on Twitter.

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