Among the bulwarks of the George Floyd Freakout and its accompanying “anti-racism” hustle is that all whites are racists, non-whites cannot succeed, prosper or find justice in the United States, and that anti-black racism should be presumed in any situation where that presumption might advance the cause of a black citizen.
Here is a blazing example, out of Fairfax County, Virginia, virtually in my back yard. Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge David Bernhard issued an opinion his week that the portraits of past judges from the Fairfax County Circuit Court might create the impression that the court itself biased. Bernhard won’t allow any portraits to be on display for any trial he presides over going forward.
“The Court is concerned the portraits may serve as unintended but implicit symbols that suggest the courtroom may be a place historically administered by whites for whites, and that thus others are of a lesser standing in the dispensing of justice,” Bernhard wrote. “The Defendant’s constitutional right to a fair jury trial stands paramount over the countervailing interest of paying homage to the tradition of adorning courtrooms with portraits that honor past jurists.” The judge’s opinion observes that the U.S. is experiencing “heightened attention to the past inequities visited upon persons of color,” so the fact that 45 of the 47 past judges whose portraits hang in the Fairfax County courthouse were white is now an implicit threat to black defendants.
His grovel came in response to a request to remove the portraits in a motion from the layer for Terrance Shipp Jr., who is scheduled to stand trial on charges of eluding police, assault on a law enforcement officer and other counts.
The judge’s theory can now be used as grounds for an appeal of any adverse decision in Fairfax County, and may be all of Virginia, that took place in a courthouse with all or mostly white judges have their portraits on display.
Come to think of it, that Lady Justice looks awfully white to me. How can a black defendant get justice from someone who looks like her? At least she’s female: how can any female litigant get justice where there are mostly portraits of men?
The judge’s exhortation to black Americans to see and experience inherent bias because they live in a majority white nation, founded by Western Europeans and understandably dominated by them for most of the nation’s history, is a call for permanent distrust based on color. It also follows the logic of statue-toppling and historical air-brushing. Blacks can’t advance in a nation with our history, so that history must be hidden, edited, and rewritten. The mere fact that a white person had a significant role in building an institution is de facto evidence that the institution is racist.