Originalist is just a fancy way of saying, racist

Originalist is just a fancy way of saying, racist

Originalist is just a fancy way of saying you’re a racist. Amy Coney Barrett clerked for the regularly racist Justice Antonin Scalia at 22-years-old. She often speaks fondly of him. 

Barrett said during her Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding Scalia, “His judicial philosophy is mine,” and continued,”You know he was a very eloquent defender of originalism, and that was also true of textualism, which is the way that I approach statutes and their interpretation.”

Scalia said the “Voting Rights Act is a perpetuation of racial entitlement.” He said that in 2013, as he ripped out Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder.

Section 5 was the formula that determined if a state engaged in racist voting practices. Shelby County v. Holder stated that the Section 5 formula was out of date. 24 hours after the ruling Texas enabled Voter ID laws, a Civil Rights Act violation. 35 states now require ID to vote. 

In the context of United States law, originalism is the belief that the Constitution is not a breathing document. It is the interpretation that the Constitution must be interpreted based on the original understanding at the time it was adopted. Finally, all Constitutional rulings should be fixed to the time, place, and writers of the original document. 

Originalism is an impossible interpretation —unless you’re a racist. If you are racist, originalism is the perfect cover for using the law as a weapon for racism. Even an originalist’s anti-choice stance is based on racism. Prolifers have absolutely no problem starving and killing non-white babies. 

When the Constitution was written, slavery was legal. The founders interpreted Black people as 3/5ths of a person. And while people like to play games about originalism, there is only one game being played when a person says they are an originalist, racism, and more specifically, anti-blackness. 

Do not think that Amy Coney Barrett does not fully grasp what being an originalist means. It is a dog whistle to anyone who understands history, political science, and the law. 

Kristen Clark, Executive Director of National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, opposes‘ Barrett’s nomination stating, “She is far outside the mainstream,” referring to Barrett’s record on Civil Rights. 

While Barrett currently lives in South Bend, the heart of Dixie beats fervently in her chest. A pleasant demeanor covers up the lies and the racist horror show that lives in her brain. She regularly doles out confederate retributions with her gavel. 

The accent is gone, but the “the south rising again,” still plays silently in the background during her midwestern dinners.

The Second Amendment is for the virtuous (white) citizens and we must protect the sanctity of (white) womanhood and (white) babies’ lives. 

For everyone else? Civil Rights violations and legalized oppression. 

During her Wednesday hearing, Barrett refused to say if she felt voter discrimination still exists in the United States. Well, the reason she refused to say it is because she is an originalist. She doesn’t believe denying Black, Chicano, and Native Americans the right to vote is a discriminatory act, because she doesn’t think we’re people and doesn’t think we should have the same rights as white people. I corroborate that assertion by her own words:

“I interpret the Constitution as a law, that I interpret its text as text, and I understand it to have the meaning that it had at the time people ratified it,”

Amy Coney Barrett Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington

You don’t have to tell me twice who you are. 

She’s purposely racist. She’s told you explicitly exactly who she is and what she plans to do.


Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals

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