A ruling by Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett that whitewashed racism in the workplace shocked the Internet this week.
In a recent report on Barrett’s notable opinions, the Associated Press highlighted a 2019 workplace discrimination ruling that Barrett wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel.
According to the the report, Barrett said that there was no evidence that use of the n-word “created a hostile or abusive working environment.”
The AP reported:
“The n-word is an egregious racial epithet,” Barrett wrote in Smith v. Illinois Department of Transportation. “That said, Smith can’t win simply by proving that the word was uttered. He must also demonstrate that Colbert’s use of this word altered the conditions of his employment and created a hostile or abusive working environment.”
Twitter users reacted in shock on Tuesday when attorney Jill Filipovic shared details of the case.
Here's a racial discrimination case that Barrett did decide, where she wrote that being called the n-word at work by your supervisor does not constitute a hostile or abusive work environment. https://t.co/BUG4vcSzJE pic.twitter.com/egSDRL6rpg
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) October 13, 2020
Many of the commenters wondered if Barrett would feel the same way if her adopted black children had been the subject of racial discrimination.
Read some of the comments below.
By definition, this does create a hostile work environment. Her opinion is just playing with words.
— Karen Beard (@makeyrvoicehrd) October 13, 2020
She’s going to be appointed no matter what. When the Supreme Court was founded our life spans were not that long therefore an appointment for “life”. That should be readdressed now as our life spans are longer.
— julieS (@julieS06365852) October 13, 2020
That is about as hostile as it gets.
— BlackPhysicists (@BlackPhysicists) October 13, 2020
one wonders if she would feel like a teacher “simply” used that word about one of her children would be a hostile or abusive learning environment? and honestly thinking about it I’m somewhat scared what her answer would be.
— Henry the Dog (@DogHerny) October 13, 2020
The Founders probably used the n-word all the time, so obviously it’s okay. Originalism ftw.
— BikeCrash (@Bike_Crash1) October 13, 2020
Holy shit! What the hell would she call hostile or abusive?!
— Roger Kuehler (@RogKuehler) October 13, 2020
How does one offer proof that “egregious” hostility changes ones subjective experience?
— “Their Words Matter” Ask Expect (@AskExpect) October 13, 2020
If this is what is going to be sitting on the highest court in the land then Democrats have no other option but to pack the court if they get the opportunity to do so!
— Glenn Jones (@GJonesNYC) October 13, 2020
Being called the N word at work does not constitute a hostile work environment, according to Barrett in one of her decisions. She is unfit on this decision alone. #SCOTUShearings
— Jennifer Jones (@jenjones207) October 13, 2020
This is craziness. There are few things more hostile than being called a subhuman by someone who employs you. She’s even worse than I thought.
— HL (@lindo_lh) October 13, 2020
And even Kavanaugh disagrees with her. He wrote. “No other word in the English language so powerfully or instantly calls to mind our country’s long and brutal struggle to overcome racism… a single, sufficiently severe incident may create a hostile work environment”
— Mr. Jason Wincuinas (@torridtext) October 13, 2020
She’s pro life I guess just not pro peaceful, fair and equal life 😡
— PinkPetals (@AmoreFiore17) October 13, 2020
— …And Justice 4 @ll (@JusticeJustineJ) October 13, 2020
Wow. What century does she live in? The n word is per se perjorative, hostile and abusive.
— charlotte o’shay (@charlotte_oshay) October 13, 2020
So, if her kids get called the N word she’ll be like: pic.twitter.com/YCuKaVmPtQ
— Alejandra (@aleximenez) October 13, 2020
I hope we rally around her children when they are adults. The trauma that is happening in that house.
Instead of getting an appointment to the highest court in our country, she needs to be arrested for child abuse.
— JumpforJay (@JumpforJay) October 13, 2020
Oh, she gets it. She just wants to roll back employee protections at least 100 years.
— Brianna Chesser (@BriannaChesser) October 13, 2020
My daughter just said this to me. “That’s why she has the black kids, they’ll do all the work, watch, People already noticed them wearing the same clothes most of the time but the white kids are in new or different clothes.” She should not have Black kids
— MJ Dumas (@MJDumas) October 13, 2020
As an HR professional, how does the boss uttering the N-word NOT make it a hostile workplace? I mean, FFS… pic.twitter.com/h0Rml8hiPO
— Champagne Blonde (@ChampagneSane) October 13, 2020
Since she dragged her kids to the hearing, let’s be sure her two Black children get a copy of this.
— Lizzy B (@iLizzyBee) October 13, 2020
Wow…I feel sorry for her two adopted kids from Haiti. I wonder what they’re called when nobody’s around to hear.
— LouLou🇨🇦 (@chicalou246) October 13, 2020
Whitesplaining at its finest
— bart denijs (@bart_denijs) October 13, 2020
She has black children!
— D.A.M (@WellDAMGirl2020) October 13, 2020
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Republican Lawmaker Calls Colleague ‘Buckwheat’ After Claiming He Once Had a ‘Homosexual’ Black Friend
A Colorado Republican state lawmaker on Wednesday disrupted the legislature while he himself was speaking after referring to a colleague in the chamber as “Buckwheat,” a racist slur.
GOP state Rep. Richard Holtorf made headlines just two weeks ago after defending himself amid accusations from another House member that he had been “talking about Black-on-Black crime” as the two rode an elevator, The Denver Post reported. The paper noted that Holtorf “is frequently chastised on House floor for violating chamber rules of decorum.”
“I in college had a friend who was an African American and he was a homosexual, and we were good buddies,” Rep. Holtorf told lawmakers.
On Wednesday for reasons that are unclear Rep. Holtorf declared, “I’m getting there, don’t worry, Buckwheat, I’m getting there.”
As shock fell across the House chamber Holtorf added, “That’s an endearing term, by the way.”
9News’ Kyle Clark posted the video of Holtorf’s racist remark:
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 5, 2021
Clark notes that it was “not clear from the House video feed who Holtorf called ‘Buckwheat.’ He was immediately challenged by Rep Tom Sullivan, who Holtorf had previously told to get over the murder of his son in the Aurora Theater shooting.”
McCarthy Mocked for Claim GOP Is Not Party of ‘Nativist Dog Whistles’ After Greene’s New ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Caucus
“The nativist call is coming from inside your own caucus, Kevin”
After four years of a Republican President who worked almost daily to spread or lend support to racism, white nationalism, or white supremacism – including having top advisors inside the White House who embraced those ideologies – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is having a hard time tamping down the Pandora’s Box of hate Donald Trump unleashed.
McCarthy has refused to take a strong stand against the most dangerous members of his caucus, trying to allow the extremist Congressmen and Congresswomen to actively lie, disrupt House business, and spread hate on a daily basis. Because they are raising millions.
In response to Republican white supremacist members of Congress Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona announcing they are forming the “America First Caucus,” McCarthy tried to stand up to those radicals, as Forbes notes, via tweet.
It did not go well.
The America First Caucus’s “platform” says “a certain intellectual boldness is needed amongst members of the AFC to follow in President Trump’s footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation.”
It’s focus? All the current GOP buzzwords, like “Election Fraud,” “Sovereignty,” “Big Tech,” “Immigration,” “America First Education,” and “The Chinese Communist Party,” among others.
One portion that is raising a lot of eyebrows talks not about America’s “Judeo-Christian” heritage, which the far right often uses to single out some immigrants, but another term that narrows that opening even further: “America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
Late Friday afternoon McCarthy tried to push back.
“America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion,” he tweeted. “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles.”
The Republican Party, even decades before Donald Trump, has been the party of nativist dog whistles, as many reminded him.
Here’s what some are saying.
Imma let you finish, but…
No, actually, I’m not.
The seditious flotsam dragging behind the sewage barge of national populism is a nativist dog whistle set to ear-splitting volume. https://t.co/OAxVXzFstg
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 16, 2021
“Dog whistle”? That suggests subtlety, and Marjorie Taylor Greene wasn’t that subtle. https://t.co/JlXNIyP25m
— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) April 16, 2021
LITERALLY LAUGHING OUT LOUD AT THIS UTTER BULLSHIT.. LOUD, SO LOUD IT SCARED THE DOGS
WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THAT PAST HALF CENTURY??? https://t.co/LfbECHGvP4
— Shannon in Ohio 4 (@ShannonFreshour) April 16, 2021
Wait, is this dipshit dog whistling a dog whistle? https://t.co/A8L6EXHBwI
— Ollie McClellan (@OllieMcClellan) April 16, 2021
Gosh, might want to send a memo to your caucus on that https://t.co/SDR8oe2gso
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 16, 2021
Is this a parody account? – the modern GOP protects statues of confederate traitors who would have killed lincoln and GOP supporters run around with confederate flags https://t.co/uNrgVybsiw
— Steven Strauss (@Steven_Strauss) April 16, 2021
Did you hit your head?!
— Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌 (@RachelBitecofer) April 16, 2021
If America was built on the idea that we were all created equal, why did we have to add amendments for black people and women to make it law for them to be treated equally?
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) April 16, 2021
Then why did you fight so hard to keep the person whose nativist dog whistles inspired this window-dressing tweet on the House Education and Labor Committee? https://t.co/blvG04w7Qo
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) April 16, 2021
Are you sure you understand what a nativist dog whistle is? Because your whole party blows that whistle.
— susanelizabeth (@Imfrommichigan) April 16, 2021
this my friends is some extremely weak sauce https://t.co/xtyqJDbWLW
— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) April 16, 2021
The nativist call is coming from inside your own caucus, Kevin. https://t.co/l5FqUPg53E
— Lisa Senecal (@lcsenecal) April 16, 2021
Man leading the White Party suddenly realizes he’s in the White Party. Well good luck with that, Sparky 👍 https://t.co/Fmzfxgt9Rr
— Joe Remi (@JoeOfTheNorth) April 16, 2021
@ them, Leader McCarthy. Show some courage.
— Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf) April 16, 2021
Lincoln would have nothing to do with you jackasses. https://t.co/bNPWU16sSY
— Robert Ellingsworth (@BY1959) April 16, 2021
They aren’t whistling it anymore. They are shouting it. https://t.co/CaHhUj91oH
— Simon Lester (@snlester) April 16, 2021
‘Tucker Carlson Is Right’ RNC Declares in Fundraising Email After Fox Host Promotes White Supremacy
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been actively promoting white nationalism and white supremacy on his show seen by 3 to 4 million Americans nightly. Carlson has been telling viewers they are being replaced, by immigrants, and that this is by design – by the Democrats, to get more voters.
It’s called the “great replacement” or “replacement theory,” and Carlson has been under fire for not only promoting it, but doubling down and insisting it’s a core tenet of the Democratic Party, which is false.
“The Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people—more obedient voters from the third world,” Carlson says.
As Media Matters points out, that false claim is now regular programing on Fox News.
It’s not just Tucker Carlson. The racist “replacement” theory is all over Fox News pic.twitter.com/lF1azhzT2Y
— Media Matters (@mmfa) April 14, 2021
And now the RNC is also promoting that white nationalist, white supremacist, and fascistic claim – and fundraising off it.
Right Wing Watch’s Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow at People For the American Way, posted screenshots of a recent RNC email that asks: “Do you watch Tucker Carlson? He’s absolutely right.”
Subject line of RNC fundraising email: “Do you watch Tucker Carlson? He’s absolutely right.” pic.twitter.com/Lwm96LYIRn
— Peter Montgomery (@petemont) April 15, 2021
“The radical left’s desire to try and cancel anything they don’t like is DANGEROUS,” the email begins. “Nothing will stop them from trying to force their twisted ideas on the American People.”
“If we lose this battle, America is lost.”
The email never specifies what the left is supposedly trying to “cancel,” what those “twisted ideas” are, or what “battle” they claim the RNC is fighting, but they definitely want your money.
“Tucker Carlson is right.” – RNC
As white nationalists cheer Carlson for spreading their ideology, the Republican Party embraces him. pic.twitter.com/XYNcfc6rdr
— Peter Montgomery (@petemont) April 15, 2021
Dartmouth political science professor and New York Times contributor Brendan Nyhan weighs in:
RNC touting Tucker Carlson right after he endorsed a white nationalist conspiracy theory on national TV. https://t.co/2H204xmokM
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) April 15, 2021
Willamette University history professor Seth Cotlar provides more screenshots and says, “Just in case you thought there might be daylight between Tucker’s white nationalist hour of power and the GOP’s fundraising messaging.”
RNC fundraising off of Tucker Carlson. Just in case you thought there might be daylight between Tucker’s white nationalist hour of power and the GOP’s fundraising messaging. pic.twitter.com/rr12c5zQaP
— Seth Cotlar (@SethCotlar) April 15, 2021
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