WASHINGTON, DC – The selection of civil rights attorney Kristen Clarke as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice provides a glimpse into the changes President-elect Biden plans for the Justice Department.
Clarke has supported defunding police departments and is a proponent of Black Lives Matter.
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) February 4, 2018
Clarke, the current President of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and former manager of the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York Department of Law, has previously claimed that black people have “superior physical and mental abilities.”
On his campaign website, Biden posted his plan for justice reform. His plan includes using the Justice Department to address what he calls “systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ officers.” The plan states:
“Today, too many people are incarcerated in the United States – and too many of them are black and brown. To build safe and healthy communities, we need to rethink who we’re sending to jail, how we treat those in jail…
“…and how we help them get the health care, education, jobs, and housing they need to successfully rejoin society after they serve their time. As president, Joe Biden will strengthen America’s commitment to justice and reform our criminal justice system.”
Today I released my plan to reform our criminal justice system.
Equality, equity, justice—these ideas form the American creed. We have never lived up to it and we haven’t always gotten it right, but we’ve never stopped trying. Learn more about my plan at https://t.co/fsdoT58qYL pic.twitter.com/qAJoFa5CqN
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 23, 2019
Biden tapped Clarke for the lead position in his administration’s DOJ Civil Rights Division despite a long history of radical left views, including espousing black supremacy and false science.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported on an article Clarke wrote while president of Harvard University’s Black Students Association.
In the article published in the student newspaper in 1994, The Harvard Crimson, Clarke and fellow student Victoria Kennedy supported the argument that blacks were genetically superior to whites.
Kristen Clarke, Biden's choice to lead the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, has some truly wild theories about racial differences:
"Melanin endows blacks with greater mental, physical, and spiritual abilities — something which cannot be measured by Eurocentric standards." pic.twitter.com/l0W4gteGFL
— August Takala (@AugustTakala) January 12, 2021
Clarke and Kennedy wrote the article in response to The Bell Curve, a book written by Psychologist Richard Herrnstein and Political Scientist Charles Murray, arguing that human intelligence is influenced by both inherited and environmental factors.
Clarke and Kennedy’ s article listed five “theories and observations” which the authors said should be used to find the truth regarding the genetic differences between the races:
“One: Dr. Richard King reveals that at the core of the human brain is the ‘locus coeruleus’ which is a structure that is black because it contains large amounts of neuro-melanin which is essential for its operation.”
“Two: Black infants sit, stand, crawl, and walk sooner than whites.
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“Black infants sit, stand, crawl and walk sooner than whites.”
Melanin gives Blacks their superior mental, physical and spiritual abilities.”https://t.co/efCxL9tPPe
— Luiz (@luiznotour17) January 16, 2021
“Three: Carol Barnes notes that human mental processes are controlled by melanin—that same chemical which gives blacks their superior physical and mental abilities.
“Four: Some scientists have revealed that most whites are unable to produce melanin because their pineal glands are often calcified or non-functioning. Pineal calcification rates with Africans are five to 15 percent, Asians 15 to 25 percent, and Europeans 60 to 80 percent. This is the chemical basis for the cultural differences between blacks and whites.
“Five: Melanin endows blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities—something which cannot be measured based on Eurocentric standards.”
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— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) January 18, 2021
On Thursday, Clarke claimed that the article was not her view, but an attempt to “hold up a mirror to reflect how reprehensible the premise of black inferiority was set.” She said:
“It was meant to express an equally absurd point of view—fighting one ridiculous absurd racist theory with another ridiculous absurd theory.”
Biden's head of Civil Rights:
In 1994, Kristen Clarke was the president of the Black Students Association at Harvard, she pushed the absurd notion blacks are superior to whites physically, mentally and spiritually, because their brains contained larger amounts of neuromelanin.
— Amoriah Peterson (@PetersonAmoriah) January 18, 2021
Newsweek conducted a fact check on Carlson’s story, and found the claims about Clarke were true:
“Despite Clarke’s recent assertions that her 1994 co-authored article for The Harvard Crimson was meant to ‘express an equally absurd point of view,’ it is not stated in the article that her and Kennedy’s claims on black vs. white genetics were not serious at the time.”
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Clarke has also called for defunding police and transferring funds to other social programs. In June, she tweeted:
“When we talk about defunding, let’s get specific. It’s time to defund and terminate programs like the ‘1033 program,’ which allows the Defense Dept to send military surplus (armored vehicles, rocket-launchers, bayonets) to local police departments.”
When we talk about defunding, let's get specific.
It's time to defund and TERMINATE programs like the "1033 program" which allows the Defense Dept to send military surplus (armored vehicles, rocket-launchers, bayonets) to local police departments.
Trump expanded this in 2017. pic.twitter.com/qYkbcdtaFj
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) June 7, 2020
Clarke also tweeted:
“We need to invest more on mental health treatment, and less on cops. A 2005 study showed 56% of state prisoners % 45% of federal prisoners suffered from a mental illness. Time to defund the criminalization of mental illness.”
We need to invest more on mental health treatment, and less on cops.
A 2005 study showed 56% of state prisoners % 45% of federal prisoners suffered from a mental illness.
Time to defund the criminalization of mental illness.https://t.co/ziELkB7ek5
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) June 7, 2020
After her nomination to Biden’s Justice Department, Clarke also had to backtrack and apologize for praising anti-Semite author Tony Martin and inviting him to speak on Harvard’s campus about his book, The Jewish Onslaught. At the time, Clarke said:
“Professor Martin is an intelligent, well-versed black intellectual who bases his information on indisputable fact.”
Last week, following Biden’s announcement, Clarke said:
“Giving someone like him a platform, it’s not something I would do again.”
This week, Kristen Clarke acknowledged she made a mistake when, as a student at Harvard, she gave a professor who promoted antisemitic conspiracy theories a platform.
She unequivocally denounces antisemitism — and acts upon that commitment in fighting religious discrimination.
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) January 14, 2021
The Biden administration plans to place increased resources in the Civil Rights Division and is expected to increase scrutiny of police departments across the nation. Biden also announced the selection of Merrick Garland for the lead role as Attorney General. Some criminal justice reform advocates have expressed concern that Garland was too moderate regarding law enforcement.
Some liberals had been calling for Biden to nominate former President Barack Obama for the post of Attorney General. Former U.S. Ambassador and legal scholar Douglas Kmiec wrote an op-ed published in The Hill on January 1 suggesting that Biden needed Obama to reassure “estranged voters”:
“Instead of continuing to borrow Barack Obama’s trade line, he needs Obama himself. The fastest way to re-establish the rule of law is for Biden to nominate Obama as attorney general.
“Appointing Obama certainly would be unprecedented, but so is the need. We have never had a former president take on the leadership of an executive department for a successor president, but nothing precludes it, save, possibly, Michelle Obama. “
— kizzy (@Vermont142) November 6, 2020
The President-elect also nominated the president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and a former head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, Vanita Gupta, as Associate Attorney General.
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