President Joe Biden had a busy week at the United Nations, and as the media focused much of its attention on his first address to the General Assembly, another interesting presidential public appearance slid under the radar. On Tuesday, Biden delivered the opening address for the Root Institute 2021, a virtual conference put on by the Root, a blog ‘covering the Black community‘ whose tagline is ‘The Blacker the Content the Sweeter the Truth’.
For those unfamiliar, the Root publishes opinion pieces that specialize in aggressive race-baiting. Some of its greatest hits include:
- Calling a black National Review writer a ‘motherfucker’ and accusing him of using the ‘venom of white supremacy’ because he is critical of the 1619 Project
- Arguing that non-racist white people should ‘be quiet’ because they are ‘part of the problem’ and ‘need to check their privilege’
- Insisting that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ‘wouldn’t even make the all-star team’ of deadly shooters because black people have had it far worse
- Referring to black conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a ‘mute-ass puppet’ and ‘Uncle Thomas’ and demanding he go back to ‘shutting the fuck up’
The White House did not respond to an inquiry about why the so-called unifier-in-chief opted to speak ahead of the conference and if he supported the inflammatory and divisive commentary published by the Root.
Biden’s decision to give the opening address is even more disturbing after listening to some of the explicitly racist comments made by a panelist during the virtual event.
On Tuesday morning, the Root posted a conversation between senior writer Michael Harriot — the author of two of the aforementioned opinion pieces — and Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper titled ‘Unpacking the Attacks on Critical Race Theory‘.
Here are some of Cooper’s comments from the panel:
- ‘I think that white people are committed to being villains in the aggregate’
- ‘I wouldn’t be mad at the black people who want to get [white people] back’
- ‘[White people] are so corrupt. Their thinking is so morally and spiritually bankrupt about power that they fear viscerally, existentially about letting go of power’
- In response to a question about whether white people will ever give up power and resources, Cooper said, ‘The thing I want to say to you is we gotta take these motherfuckers out,’ before admitting, ‘but we can’t say that…I don’t believe in a project of violence’
- ‘Whiteness is an inconvenient interruption’ to black and indigenous people’s existence
- When discussing children at the elementary school level, Cooper said, ‘white kids are making assessments about their own racial superiority, or who’s better than, or their own entitlement’
- ‘Despite what white people think of themselves, they do not defy the laws of eternity’
- ‘White people’s birth rates are going down…because they literally cannot afford to put newer generations into the middle class…we live in a system where even white people cannot sustain the cost of their own lives,’ Cooper said, adding, ‘it’s super perverse, but also they kind of deserve it’
- ‘White life expectancy has gone down for the first time in the last couple years in a hundred years…when we look at whiteness in a total assessment, for all of the effort that they are putting in to dominate absolutely everything, the return on investment continues to diminish in every generation. And so that to me says we need to keep going’
Rutgers University did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.
In another panel about defunding the police, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, an activist and MSNBC contributor, claimed that the criminal justice system’s goal is not to keep people safe, but to enrich those already in power and to control minority groups. Monifa Bandele, a senior adviser with MomsRising, insisted that police ‘actively make our communities less safe, less healthy, more violent.’ Harriot claimed that it is ‘disinformation’ to say that if we get rid of police that we’re going to be living in ‘The Purge’ or that crime will increase.
President Biden has previously said that he does not support defunding the police and that ‘most cops are good’. But during his pre-recorded remarks for the conference, Biden promised that the forthcoming panels would present ‘conversations’ that ‘are essential and bring us closer to the promise of equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal dignity for all.’
‘Thank you for standing up and speaking out for black excellence and black dignity,’ the President added.
The Root Institute 2021 is also notably sponsored by Target in the latest example of woke capitalism. The Spectator asked Target whether they endorse the racist comments made by Cooper during the conference, but did not receive a response in time for publication. Last summer, Target declined to condemn the looting of its stores in Minneapolis and nationwide, instead promising to dedicate significant resources to communities they deemed to be ‘in pain’.
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