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FIRST ON Daily Post: New York Instances journal’s 1619 Undertaking founder Nikole Hannah-Jones stated throughout a panel on Saturday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had “no reason” to invoke books referring to crucial race principle in the course of the Supreme Court docket affirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Hannah-Jones made the feedback in the course of the Nationwide Antiracist Guide Competition hosted by Boston College’s Middle for Antiracist Analysis.
Cruz requested Jackson if she agrees with the e-book “Antiracist Baby,” authored by the director of BU’s Middle for Antiracist Analysis Ibram X Kendi, who has stated that racial discrimination isn’t all the time “inherently racist.”
“Since the 1960s, racist power has commandeered the term ‘racial discrimination,’ transforming the act of discriminating on the basis of race into an inherently racist act. But if racial discrimination is defined as treating, considering, or making a distinction in favor or against an individual based on that person’s race, then racial discrimination is not inherently racist. The defining question is whether the discrimination is creating equity or inequity. If discrimination is creating equity, then it is antiracist,” Kendi wrote in his 2019 book “How to Be an Antiracist.”
“Do you agree with this book that is being taught to kids that babies are racist?,” Cruz inquired at Supreme Court docket Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s affirmation listening to.
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Jackson responded that she has “never studied critical race theory, and I’ve never used it. It doesn’t come up in the work that I do as a judge.” Amazon’s abstract of the e-book states that it “introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism.”
Through the Saturday panel, Hannah-Jones stated that Cruz had “no reason” to invoke the e-book and ask Jackson about it.
“It reveals a danger…how dangerous of a period we are in right now, because there’s no reason that that should have been brought up and it had nothing to do with the hearing,” Hannah-Jones stated.
She additionally stated that his query makes an announcement on the place modern-day American politics are, and stated Cruz “was trying to provoke a base.”
Hannah-Jones additionally stated that the “targeting” by Cruz may have doubtlessly violent penalties.
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“So this targeting has consequences. What my fear is that it can lead to violence, like actual violence,” Hannah-Jones stated.
Throughout the identical panel, Hannah-Jones additionally stated that Republicans are a “White party” who “understand that they actually cannot win elections with majorities.”
“And in this country, we have a swift demographic change occurring where Republicans understand that they actually cannot win elections with majorities because they are essentially a White party and Democrats are a party that actually represents the majority of Americans, which is plurality of White voters and the majority of voters of all other races, that these two things go hand in hand,” Hannah-Jones stated.
Hannah-Jones is greatest identified for her work on The New York Instances’ 1619 Undertaking, which has been criticized for allegedly telling inaccurate elements of historical past, such because the declare that “one of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.” The Instances later corrected the essay to learn, “…one of the primary reasons some of the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.”
She lately launched a e-book based mostly on The 1619 Undertaking, which topped the best-seller lists on each Amazon and The New York Instances. There’s additionally a kids’s model of the book, titled “The 1619 Project: Born on the Water.”
Every day Publish has reached out to Hannah-Jones and Cruz for remark.