Kristen Clarke is the African American attorney who Joe Biden announced will run the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, pending Senate confirmation.
From FOX News:
In 1994, Clarke wrote a letter to The Harvard Crimson in her capacity as the president of the Black Students Association to explain her views on race science.
“Please use the following theories and observations to assist you in your search for truth regarding the genetic differences between Blacks and whites [sic],” Clarke wrote.
“One: Dr Richard King reveals that the core of the human brain is the ‘locus coeruleus,’ which is a structure that is Black, because it contains large amounts of neuro-melanin, which is essential for its operation.
“Two: Black infants sit, crawl and walk sooner than whites [sic].
Three: Carol Barnes notes that human mental processes are controlled by melanin — that same chemical which gives Blacks their superior physical and mental abilities.
“Four: Some scientists have revealed that most whites [sic] are unable to produce melanin because their pineal glands are often calcified or non-functioning. Pineal calcification rates with Africans are five to 15 percent [sic], Asians 15 to 25 percent [sic] and Europeans 60 to 80 percent [sic]. This is the chemical basis for the cultural differences between blacks and whites [sic].
“Five: Melanin endows Blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities — something which cannot be measured based on Eurocentric standards.”
The technical term for such a screed is “Yikes!”
More recently, a couple of years ago on Tucker Carlson’s Fox New show, Clarke defended hiring based on skln color rather than substantive criteria—you know, like, say, selecting Kamala Harris to be Vice-President. She insisted in that appearance that skin color should carry a “premium” in hiring decisions, even when applied to such occupations as heart surgeons and airline pilots. Skin color was “incredibly important” in making these hiring decisions, she argued, terming this principle “diversity.”
1. The Ethics Alarms position is that statements, papers and other carriers of radical or offensive positions in college are of at best only marginal use in evaluating the character and trustworthiness a politician, academic, professional or anyone else after they have spent sufficient time in the real world. Thus that letter to the Crimson from 27 years ago should not, by itself, disqualify Clarke for national service. Students say and write a lot of foolish stuff in college; that’s part of what it is for. Student presidents of niche campus groups like BALSA are expected to say extreme things.
2. However, that letter is pure black supremacy, and thus racist. In the hearings on her fitness to lead the Civil Rights division, which requires no bias for or against any race, she must be asked about the letter and, under oath, rebuke its assertions to the satisfaction of all.
3. It should not be necessary to flag the double standard, but I will: a white lawyer who sent the equivalent of Clarke’s letter in college would be branded as a racist for life by the news media, and could never be nominated for any significant job, especially head of the DOJ Civil Rights post.
4. Clarke’s comments to Carlson advocating race-based hiring is more problematical, but again, fairness must be applied. She is a lawyer, and she made those remarks representing an advocacy organization. As a lawyer an as a spokesperson for an organization, she was communicating her group’s opinions, not necessarily her own. She should be given a chance to moderate those statements.
5. But she must moderate them, or she should not be confirmed. The head of a civil rights division cannot simultaneously support racial discrimination.
6. Nominating Clarke with her record of advocating black superiority and race-based hiring is arrogant and incompetent. Biden is apparently relying on the fear of being tarred as racist to deter critics, so he is pushing anti-white bias to the limits. There are a lot of intimidated, cowardly, self-loathing, brainwashed, virtue-signalling white Americans to be sure, but not nearly enough to get away with this for another four years, after the cynical tactic worked so well under Barack Obama.
Pointer: Legal Insurrection