Barrett Addresses Attacks On Her Adopted Children From Haiti

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett addressed attacks on her family and her adopted children during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing.

Louisiana GOP Sen. John Kennedy used colorful language to describe a professor who suggested Barrett was using her children as “props.”

“Some butthead professor at Boston University says that because you and your husband have two children of color, that you’re a ‘white colonist.’ The implication is that you are a racist and that you use your two children as props. Do you use your children as props?” Kennedy asked.

“It was the risk of people saying things like that which would be so hurtful to my family, that when I told Sen. Graham this morning that my husband and I really had to weigh the cost of this, it was saying deeply offensive and hurtful things, things that are not only hurtful to me but are hurtful to my children,” Barrett told the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her confirmation hearings.“They are my children, who we love, and who we brought home and made part of our family, and accusations like that are cruel.”

Barrett and her husband, Jesse, have seven children, two of whom were adopted from Haiti.

She appeared to be fighting back tears while responding to those vile comments.

Kennedy also seemed emotional when he apologized for asking her about the comments but said he felt it was important to give her the opportunity to respond.


Media figures have suggested that Barrett adopted two of her seven children, Vivian and John Peter, from Haiti for nefarious reasons.

Next-Gen America managing director John Lee Brougher said that he needed to “know more about the circumstances” of how Barrett adopted her children and “the treatment of them since.”

“Transracial adoption is fraught with trauma and potential for harm, and everything I see here is deeply concerning,” he said.

Democratic activist Dana Houle said he would “love to know which adoption agency Amy Coney Barrett and her husband used to adopt the two children they brought here from Haiti.”

“Does the press even investigate details of Barrett’s adoptions from Haiti,” he asked. “Some adoptions from Haiti were legit. Many were sketchy as hell. And if press learned they were unethical and illegal adoptions, would they report it? Or not, bc it involves her children.”

He continued: “Would it matter if her kids were scooped up by ultra-religious Americans, or Americans weren’t scrupulous intermediaries and the kids were taken when there was family in Haiti? I dunno. I think it does, but maybe it doesn’t, or shouldn’t.”

And Center for Antiracist Research Director Ibram X. Kendi tweeted: “Some White colonizers ‘adopted’ Black children. They ‘civilized’ these ‘savage’ children in the ‘superior’ ways of White people, while using them as props in their lifelong pictures of denial, while cutting the biological parents of these children out of the picture of humanity.”

“And whether this is Barrett or not is not the point,” he continued. “It is a belief too many White people have: if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist.”

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