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Identity Politics Will Dominate the Biden Administration

Brett Davis

Posted on January 22, 2021 10:32

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Look for the new president to push for the institutionalization of race as the basis for public policy.

President Joe Biden’s inauguration speech earlier this week saw the nascent commander in chief repudiate white supremacy and call for racial justice. Of course, that’s Democrat-speak for what almost certainly will be the Biden administration’s embrace of identity politics and its disturbing elevation of group affiliation — especially race — above individuals, personal responsibility and merit.

Biden is barely ensconced in the White House, and yet evidence mounts he will respond to the false narrative of a systemically racist America by further eroding race-neutral laws and policies.

Mere hours after having been sworn in as president, one of Biden's first acts was taking down an online report issued Monday by the 1776 Commission and disbanding said commission. The report was in response to The New York Times’ odious 1619 Project, an exercise in revisionist history that inaccurately portrays America as foundationally and irredeemably racist.

Also on his first day in office, Biden rescinded the Trump administration’s executive order prohibiting critical race theory training for federal agencies and federal contractors. For those not in the know, critical race theory is a pernicious theoretical framework, rooted in Marxism, that posits individuals as oppressed or oppressor based on their skin color.

Not surprisingly, critical race theory comprehends the world by viewing everything through the lens of “whiteness” and white racism. In other words, it’s an ideological agenda — a dangerous one — that reduces people to race, segregates them and judges them by their racial group identity, rather than individual character, behavior and talent.

Two days prior to his inauguration, Biden nominated Cindy Marten for deputy secretary of education. Marten once hosted a diversity training session during which she warmly introduced the featured speaker, Dr. Bettina Love, who has accused public schools of “spirit murdering” black children, whatever that means.

Keep in mind that as deputy secretary, Marten would have significant say-so within the Department of Education, not to mention serving as acting secretary of the department in the secretary’s absence.

None of this should be surprising, owing to Biden’s leftward drift during the campaign, culminating in his August 2020 pick of then-Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate. Though Biden, Democrats and their mainstream media allies strenuously denied any such thing, Harris — an uber-liberal with an unremarkable track record who herself got no traction in the 2020 presidential contest — was chosen mainly because of her race and gender.

That much was obvious by what at the time dominated the left-leaning news cycle — that is, constant mentions, first and foremost, of the fact Harris was the first female, first black and first Asian-American to be on a major party ticket as vice president.

The concept of colorblindness in public life will take a beating over the next at least four years. Americans should brace themselves for a Biden administration wedded to a color-conscious philosophy and race-based policies.

Brett Davis

Posted on January 22, 2021 10:32

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