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.