Oh, I know what you’re going to say: “That’s unfair, Jack! You know that the wacko bill is the brainchild of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), and she’s not like most Democrats!” It is true that Lee, whose Ethics Alarms dossier is as damning as any one could find on a current member of Congress with the possible exception of Nancy Pelosi, is a particularly awful member of Congress. She’s a fanatic supporter of reparations for slavery; she’s a knee-jerk race-baiter (any criticism of President Barack Obama, a serial bungler, was racist in her view). She’s one of those not very bright people who speak assertively and defiantly because they are laboring under the delusion that they are intelligent, thus fooling others who aren’t very smart either.
Lee once mixed up Wikileaks and Wikipedia in an interview. She has complained that the naming of storms is racist, because the names are “too white,” but we know that if we gave hurricanes names like “LaShonda” to hurricanes, she’d complain that blacks were being deliberately compared to destructive forces.
Nonetheless, you watch: House Democrats will overwhelmingly support Lee’s Leading Against White Supremacy Act, maybe even unanimously, despite the fact that it is unconstitutional, an attack on free speech and thought, and designed to let the government criminalize political positions it doesn’t like.
They will vote for it in part because it has no chance of passing. They also assume that their constituency is so ignorant of our rights it will see Republican opposition as more proof of racism.
Lee’s masterpiece is designed to make expressions of “white supremacy” a federal crime without defining what white supremacy is. There are professors teaching college students today who argue that mathematics is a white supremacy tool. Law enforcement. Grammar. Merit-based hiring. The bill, if passed into law, would allow criminal prosecutions for almost anything. Totalitarians love laws like that!
Lee’s bill says a person engages in a white supremacy-inspired hate crime, you see, when white supremacy ideology has motivated the “planning, development, preparation, or perpetration” of actions that constituted a crime or were undertaken in furtherance of activity that, if effectuated, would have constituted a crime:
A criminal conspiracy has occurred when anyone uses social media to share someone else’s undefined white supremacist thought crime:A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crime shall be determined to exist…between two or more persons—at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on “replacement theory”, or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group, and such published material (i) was published on a social media platform or by other means of publication with the likelihood that it would be viewed by persons who are predisposed to engaging in any action in furtherance of a white supremacy inspired hate crime, or who are susceptible to being encouraged to engage in actions in furtherance of a white supremacy inspired hate crime…
It’s almost as if Lee is trying to violate the Constitution. The government can’t criminalize hate speech and it can’t criminalize a “theory” or any other substantive belief or opinion. But, boy, would Democrats ever love it if they could!
Naturally, the usual pundits and fellow travelers of our anti-democracy party love this bill. The Root’s Jessica Washington is almost salivating at the prospect:
So let’s say Ben Shapiro spreads white supremacist talking points on Twitter, and someone reads that information and commits a white supremacist hate crime, both of them could be charged with conspiracy to commit a hate crime….It’s unlikely that a Republican-led House will pass the Leading Against White Supremacy Act, but it could be worth seeing where these ideas end-up in years to come.
Wait, when has The Wire’s Ben Shapiro “spread white supremacist talking points”? Heck, according to the “White Supremacy Pyramid” being widely used by DEI consultants and trainers in many corporations, I’VE spread white supremacist talking points! Look…
“Anti-immigration policies” means “enforcing immigration laws.” White supremacist talking point! Putting criminals in prison (if they are black)? White supremacist talking point! Opposing reverse racism? White supremacist talking point! Don’t ban politically incorrect mascots—-White supremacist talking point!
When Democrats line up to criminalize all of this and more by giving Lee’s DOA bill their full-throated support, they will be telling everyone what their party has become, how far from its liberal roots it has wandered, and how dangerous it is. But most of the news media will ignore the vote or distort what the bill means, and most of the public, understanding our Bill of Rights less than the average 19th Century miller, will think it’s a fine bill that simply condemns white supremacy. Who can disagree with that?