In a Washington and Lee University Law Review article titled “The Antiracist Constitution,” the professor claims our nation’s original charter “serves white supremacy.”
He uses the Fugitive Slave Act, George Floyd’s death, and the fact that Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner to support his case.
The instructor claims it’s racist since it doesn’t regard race:
Some of the most egregiously racist circumstances in recent years have involved the Court’s resorting to constitutional colorblindness to explain why it will not try to deal with arguments or solutions based on race. To those who advocate for colorblindness, an ideal society would not make any distinctions on the basis of race, and we should work toward that. “By eliminating all distinctions based on race, such people seek to put an end to racism in society altogether and totally. Or, to be more accurate, they claim to want this — my argument is less charitable as to their intentions. “
“The rhetorical weaponization of colorblindness,” he laments, is a practice “whose life as a constitutional doctrine is inextricably linked to its white supremacist origins on the Supreme Court.”
In recent years, virtue has been heavily updated. In an attempt to realize MLK’s vision, the United States went from segregation enforcement to touting colorless unity. Then abruptly, it stopped pursuing that goal and reverted back to racial roots. We’re now being judged by our skin again. We’ve resurrected the categories of Whites and Nonwhites.
He feels that slavery is still present:
Our founding document, according to the Supreme Court, serves white supremacy. The two projects of abolition and rebuilding remained unfinished, derailed first by openly hostile institutions and then by the more subtle lie that a colorblind Constitution would remedy racism. In its first appearance in Supreme Court judicature, colorblind constitutionalism argued that racially discriminatory measures were no longer required to maintain white supremacy.“As modern white supremacists adopt deceptive, facially neutral legislation to maintain the oppression of Black people and other ethnic minorities, that promise has been upheld in nearly every sector of the law,” they write.
According to Campus Reform, the assistant law professor has a strategy for making significant changes:
“According to Hasbrouck, positive changes include police abolition, carceral abolition (prisoner release), and property reparations,” according to the book.
So goes his analysis of “what an antiracist Constitution might look like in practice.”
We’re in the middle of a transformation. Many — particularly in academia, government, and the media – are trying to achieve a new America. They’re working hard to achieve their goals.
What are we evolving into? If some people have their way, I believe something revolutionary will happen
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