Remember during the debates surrounding critical race theory in public schools when its proponents said that critical race theory was only taught in law schools? If it’s important enough to teach in law school, then it follows that it might be pertinent to ask a Supreme Court nominee her views on critical race theory. A week ago, Christopher Rufo called on senators to question Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson about critical race theory, seeing as she had in a speech in 2020 endorsed a book by Professor Derrick Bell that was foundational to critical race theory.
This isn't a speech from thirty years ago. It's from January 20, 2020. She endorses a book that was foundational to critical race theory and made the case that, given the choice, whites would trade African-Americans away to space aliens and banish them from the universe.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 17, 2022
The GOP put out this tweet linking “KBJ” to CRT, which Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee called a divisive, wrong-headed, racial attack.
Shameful! Whoever or whatever provoked this racial attack should be exposed for their divisive wrong-headed attack! Judge Brown-Jackson believes in equal justice in America! She is a Patriot who loves this country! Stop this racial attack! Now! Enough is Enough! GOP starting up https://t.co/slSM4OcP9q
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) March 22, 2022
Enough is enough? We don’t remember hearing that during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
We wondered in that post if perhaps Sen. Ted Cruz would volunteer to be the “bad guy” and ask about Jackson’s feelings on critical race theory. We were right that if anyone ever dared bring it up, it would be Cruz. Cruz brought along pages from Ibram X. Kendi’s children’s book, “Antiracist Baby,” as visual aids.
WATCH: Sen. Ted Cruz asks Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson if she believes babies are racist as suggested in the book "Antiracist Baby" by Dr. Ibrim X. Kendi, a book taught at a school on whose board she sits.pic.twitter.com/1yx0qPwegF
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 22, 2022
Judge Jackson is on the Board of Trustees at Georgetown Day School, a private school which was founded in 1945 as the first integrated school in Washington, D.C. (Tuition is $40-$46k/year.) Here's the Cruz line of questions on CRT. pic.twitter.com/gnOsKBvydQ
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 22, 2022
Ted Cruz is using his time questioning Ketanji Brown Jackson to complain about a children's book called "Antiracist Baby" pic.twitter.com/cmQgjJgl2z
— jordan (@JordanUhl) March 22, 2022
The libs: You can't talk about critical race theory outside of a legal context.
Cruz: OK, I'll ask a Supreme Court nominee about critical race theory.
The libs: No, that's racist.
Should Cruz ask her about her high school yearbook? https://t.co/OhfelpjHI3
— Max (@MaxNordau) March 22, 2022
Aren’t these the kinds of questions that should be asked of a Supreme Court nominee? Apparently not, as the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin called the questioning “flat out racist.”
Cruz would not ask Jackson about CRT if she were not Black. That is flat out racist.
— Jennifer 'I stand with Ukraine' Rubin 🇺🇦🇺🇦 (@JRubinBlogger) March 22, 2022
Right? How dare he ask her about an actual legal theory. And clearly, Republicans only ask black people about CRT. Not like it was at the center of the VA governor's race between two white dudes. https://t.co/IKhLi7nerM
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) March 22, 2022
If a white nominee had endorsed one of the founding fathers of CRT, yeah, it might have come up.
Correction. He would not have asked her about CRT if she didn't condone it in the past. That's a clarification question. Not even close to racist.
But you're just a professional agitator, so what would you know? https://t.co/dbcO6cLpIz
— Gov Phil Murphy. I'm fake Irish for March. (@Murphythemoron) March 22, 2022
Someone supports CRT
"Why do you support CRT?"
— Joseph DeSouza (@Joe_DeSouza) March 22, 2022
— Rebecca – (@bazylitch) March 22, 2022
— Jackson Richman (@jacksonrichman) March 22, 2022
If Jackson believes that white supremacy is systemic in the founding of both the nation and its justice system, it might just have an influence on her judicial decisions. She’s already explained how federal sentencing guidelines for child pornography offenders are out of date.
Ketanji Brown Jackson told @tedcruz she has "never studied critical race theory," but she has cited the founder of critical race theory, Derrick Bell, and endorsed its core concepts, including white privilege and intersectionality, in her speeches.
She is lying. pic.twitter.com/GPcrDdJlCQ
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 22, 2022
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Not “in the library.” ASSIGNED to kids aged 4-7. https://t.co/Qt5SgeOpHz
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 22, 2022
Christopher Rufo thinks senators should put Biden’s SCOTUS nominee on the spot about critical race theory https://t.co/xIYy5AhK1X
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 17, 2022