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Anti-racism professor Ibram Kendi: Term ‘legal vote’ is racist

The phrase “When everything is racist, then nothing is” these days probably applies best to Boston University’s Ibram Kendi, author of the book (appropriately titled) “How To Be An Antiracist.”

It was bad enough when Kendi, the founder of BU’s Center for Antiracist Research, posited during the Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS hearings that white people who adopt black children are “colonizers”; now, in the midst of the hotly contested 2020 presidential election, the professor says the term “legal vote” is “racist.”

In a series of tweets this past Saturday, Kendi compared the (alleged) racism of “legal vote” to that of “illegal alien,” “personal responsibility” and “race neutral.”

It’s “rarely the […] literal meaning” which makes a term racist, Kendi said, but the “historical and political context in which the term is being used.”

Kendi noted it’s no surprise areas targeted with “misinformation” about voting irregularities, such as Philadelphia and Detroit, are “where Black and Brown voters predominate.”

“No matter what GOP propaganda says, there’s nothing wrong with those voters and votes,” Kendi tweeted. He followed up by asking “There are so many more terms like [“legal vote.”] What did I leave out?”

The Daily Wire’s Eric Quintanar wonders what Kendi, who’s not a lawyer, would consider a “legal vote,” i.e. a “way to discern between a vote made in accordance with local and state laws (i.e., a legal vote) and a vote made not in accordance with them.”

At a Stanford University webinar last month, Kendi claimed “most organizations and institutions are racist” because “if you have racial disparity and inequity then you have race, you know you have racism, you have policies that are leading to those racial inequities and injustices.”

That boils down to saying there must be equal outcomes among racial/ethnic groups, something about which Kendi has been fairly consistent.

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