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Mueller’s Handling of the Obstruction Question Was Total Garbage

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When AG Bill Barr first released his summary of the Mueller report some weeks ago there was one part that set hair ablaze all throughout the media. Namely, that Robert Mueller decided to not rule on the most important question before him, i.e. if Donald Trump obstructed justice with his criticism of the Russia investigation. Furthermore, Mueller proclaimed that he had not exonerated the President despite the fact that he was not recommending charges.

As I wrote at the time, this was a total cop-out and not his job as a prosecutor.

It was a total, damaging cop-out for him to include that line instead of just making the call in a normal prosecutorial fashion. That doesn’t mean he needed to say Trump was innocent because that’s not his job, but the proper response would have been to say that he lacks evidence of obstruction and he cannot recommend further action. By ambiguously claiming that he simply can’t make the call, instead leaving it to the DOJ, he’s set us up for another 18 months of mind-numbing stupidity that will end the same way the collusion narrative ended.

Today, Andrew C. McCarthy, far more versed on this topic than myself, opined on just how bad it was for Mueller to do what he did.

In his report, Mueller didn’t resolve the issue. If he had been satisfied that there was no obstruction crime, he said, he would have so found. He claimed he wasn’t satisfied. Yet he was also not convinced that there was sufficient proof to charge. Therefore, he made no decision, leaving it to Attorney General William Barr to find that there was no obstruction.

This is unbecoming behavior for a prosecutor and an outrageous shifting of the burden of proof: The constitutional right of every American to force the government to prove a crime has been committed, rather than to have to prove his or her own innocence.

As I said earlier today, this is why the DOJ has guidelines on not releasing findings under normal circumstances if no one is charged. It is not a fair use of our legal system to slander people who ultimately weren’t found to have committed a criminal act. Gut feelings don’t count. Robert Mueller had two choices in so far as doing his job in a professional way. Either present evidence of obstruction of justice and recommend charges or shut up about it. There should have been no choice number three where he lays out a bunch of insinuations and interpretations, while choosing to not actually do his job and rule on the evidence. That’s not what a prosecutor does.

McCarthy lays the case out for that as well.

This is exactly why prosecutors should never speak publicly about the evidence uncovered in an investigation of someone who isn’t charged. The obligation of the prosecutor is to render a judgment about whether there is enough proof to charge a crime. If there is, the prosecutor indicts; if there is not, the prosecutor remains silent.

If special counsel Mueller believed there was an obstruction offense, he should have had the courage of his convictions and recommended charging the president. Since he wasn’t convinced there was enough evidence to charge, he should have said he wasn’t recommending charges. Period.

Exactly.

Mueller clearly felt the President possibly did something wrong and did everything he could to steer public opinion in that direction with how he wrote the report, but when it came time to take the shot, he couldn’t pull the trigger. Why? Because he knows his “evidence” would have never stood up in a court of law. Mean tweets coupled with full cooperation does not equal obstruction. Firing Comey while allowing the investigation to not only continue, but expand, is clearly not obstruction. Did Trump do some things that could be described as borderline or not recommended? Perhaps, but borderline isn’t a legal standard. A prosecutor either makes a decision to charge or he doesn’t.

By punting on the issue, Mueller deprived Trump of the legal right to defend himself and instead let the issue become purely political. The justice system is not supposed to be used as a tool for innuendo, much less to feed media hysteria for years on end. It strains reason to think Mueller just didn’t realize that would happen.

This is why I’m not on the bandwagon of praising Robert Mueller just because he didn’t frame Trump. That’s a pretty low bar to meet. On the most important question in the entire report (because we’ve known for years the collusion narrative was false), he abdicated his responsibility and ensured the country would spend another two years paralyzed by this nonsense. He had the power and a duty to settle the issue by doing his job and making a decision, which was the only reason for his appointment in the first place. If he wasn’t willing to do that, he should have resigned long ago.

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Say What? Rashida Tlaib Promotes Hunger Strikes to Protest ICE – But She Won’t Join Them

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13). Screen grab via CNN.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) gave a speech over the weekend to a human rights group in Michigan where she urged attendees to take bold action on the issue of illegal immigration and ICE.

The Free Beacon reports:

Tlaib, headlining a Detroit fundraiser this past weekend for the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, complained of colleagues who are constantly “policing” what she says and lack willingness to embrace bold stands such as abolishing ICE. She called on her activist audience to join her in a hunger strike at the border.

“It’s going to take movements outside the halls of Congress,” Tlaib told the crowd, according to video captured by America Rising, a conservative group.

“I want you all to shut them down, we can shut them down,” Tlaib said to applause. “Don’t wait for this Congress to act, shut them down.”

“I know what they’re going to say, they’ll go, ‘What do you mean Rashida?’ Well I’ll tell you. There are some people that are using hunger strike, all these other things, going to the border, and I plan to.”

Promoting hunger strikes? Seriously?

Watch video of her remarks below:

Per Daily Caller, Tlaib’s office clarified her remarks this afternoon:

A spokesman for Tlaib did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation when asked if the congresswoman is planning to engage in a hunger strike, but denied that Tlaib called for supporters to launch one of their own.

“She did not call for a hunger strike,” Tlaib’s office told TheDCNF. “‘She mentioned that she knows of folks who have done hunger strikes. After that, she mentioned folks going to the southern border which she said she plans to do.”

Uh huh.

This reminds me of how Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) went back and forth over the weekend over whether or not she supported organized boycotts of the New York Post over their 9/11 cover from last Thursday. First she said she did, then she said she didn’t, then she said she did.

These women literally don’t know what they’re saying from one minute to the next, probably because they don’t think about what they’re going to say before they say it.

In Tlaib’s case, it’s extremely irresponsible for a sitting member of Congress to encourage supporters to go on hunger strikes – whether she is calling for them or merely amplifying existing efforts. Somebody could die taking her words about hunger strikes to heart. If she had the maturity to understand how her words as an elected official matter, she would have never said them.

But as part of the Three Amigas she believes her words should be immune to criticism because she’s a progressive woman of color and stuff, so I guess we are supposed to just move on or something.

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Chuck Todd Makes One of the Dumber Comments on the Mueller Report You’ll See Today

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This may be the least informed and self-aware hot take on the Mueller report so far. Congrats to Chuck Todd for making it.

Earlier today, he posted this tweet.

Oh, I don’t know Chuck. Maybe because you, your network, and the media at large spent two years pushing wild conspiracy theories about Trump colluding with the Russians. Perhaps that’s why no one had time to focus on being concerned that the Russians “hacked the election.”

There’s also the fact that no one actually “hacked the election.” Chuck Todd knows this but he’s a liberal partisan and threw that line in there on purpose, knowing it’s like catnip to his side of the aisle. In reality, no vote totals were changes, no machines were hacked, and nothing done by the Russians could even be logically construed to have changed the outcome of the election. A few hundred thousand dollars spent on Facebook to spread memes of…Jesus arm wrestling Hillary…did not change one vote. The only other aspect of this was the DNC hack and Hillary’s numbers went up after that because the media largely brushed it aside as a nothing-burger. Even still, John Podesta’s emails are not hacking “the election.”

What the Russians tried to do and what they actually did are too different things. Hillary had no one to blame but herself. If she hadn’t illegally setup a private email server and stocked it with classified information, there would have been no Comey letter in October. The Russians didn’t do that. Todd knows this but he’s a political actor, not a journalist, so he must push the Democratic narrative that the election was stolen.

But look, if Todd really felt the above was so crucial, he could have spent a little less time bloviating about crazy Trump/Russia conspiracies and a little more time on the separate issue of Russian interference. No one made him waste all his time on an obvious hoax. That’s on him, despite his lack of self-awareness.

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Democrat Governor Roy Cooper Sides With the Abortion Lobby, Vetoes NC ‘Born Alive’ Bill

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As predicted, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) today has vetoed NC’s proposed Born Alive bill:

Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday vetoed legislation that would have required doctors to provide the same care to an infant that survives an abortion as they give any other newborn.

“Laws already protect newborn babies, and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients,” Cooper said in his veto statement. “This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other health care providers for a practice that simply does not exist.”

Brent Woodcox, staff attorney for NC Senate Republicans, explained why this rationale made no sense:

He also took off after Politifact’s North Carolina division over a very misleading and thinly-sourced fact check on a key claim made about the bill:

I countered some of the claims from a related fact check, too. Specifically this one:

Claims about New York’s law have been exaggerated.

The NC House recently passed a resolution in response to a new New York law, known as the “Reproductive Health Act.”

Republicans who wrote the NC resolution described the NY law as “an extreme abortion-on-demand policy that establishes an unfettered right to abortion … the RHA authorized abortion up until the moment of birth.”

A viral Facebook image made a similar claim: that, under the new NY law, it’s legal to “murder” a baby a minute before it would be born. PolitiFact rated it False.

See this also, which I wrote in February:

**NY’s Updated Abortion Law Means Man Won’t Get Charged In Murder Of Unborn Child**

As I noted last week, Cooper is beholden to the abortion lobby and the extreme left in this state, so it wasn’t shocking that he vetoed the bill. But there is the question of the timing of Cooper’s veto. The bill passed two days ago, and he performed his veto just this morning. Alexandra DeSanctis speculates as to why:

An attempt at burying the story in the midst of a super-heavy national news cycle?

What remains to be seen at this point is whether or not Republicans have the votes to override Cooper’s veto. They no longer have a veto-proof majority so they’d have to bring a few Democrats on board to help them with an override. That’s a tall order.

Stay tuned.

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The Media’s Favorite Line From the Mueller Report is Completely Meaningless

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I was out of pocket during the release of the Mueller report so I got to sit back for a few hours and digest the reaction before writing on it.

The report was everything many of us have been saying it’d be. It’s mostly a nothing-burger wrapped in a lot of innuendo, so as to keep feeding the raging conspiracy kooks in the media. Sprinkled throughout it are plenty of cat-nip like phrases which don’t actually provide any evidence of the underlying insinuation. The section on obstruction, for example, is essentially a case of “here’s this stuff we think is sketchy, but we can’t really determine anything.” In other words, it’s a walking testament to exactly why the DOJ usually has regulations on keeping material like this private. It’s a garbage use of our legal system to use prosecutorial authority to slander people without actually bringing charges.

But I digress. The report was always going to be made public and it appears the President, in not choosing to exert executive privilege over anything, decided it was best to rip the band-aid off. That has of course led to a complete media frenzy. Go through The Washington Post’s Twitter feed right now and it’s just dozens of out of context headlines and “analysis” pieces omitting the bottom line, that being that Trump didn’t collude with the Russians and that there was not sufficient evidence to charge obstruction.

As Katie Pavlich wrote, it’s essentially a bunch of pointless palace intrigue.

There’s no “there there” in terms of actual, substantive evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Its only real value is to serve as a second Steele dossier. Another product full of speculation that ultimately doesn’t lead to its promised end. Sure, it’s couched in authority of a special counsel, but again, there’s a reason they concluded no collusion and didn’t charge obstruction. If they had the goods, they would have used them. No one can doubt that.

One particular line really got the media’s attention though. I got no less than three alerts on my phone from different major media sources presenting the following as some kind of bombshell.

The insinuation here is obviously that Trump was admitting guilt. The thinking goes “He said he was F-ed and his presidency was over! That means he knew he’d committed crimes!!”

Let’s think about that. Imagine for a second that you are accused of a crime. You know you didn’t do this crime. Yet, everyone in the media is saying you did and you’ve now got a special counsel with unlimited resources and the full force of every government agency about to go full bore at you. Would you have confidence in the system? Or would you be nervous of having your activities misconstrued and turned into something they weren’t?

The answer for those who are honest is the latter. If I knew the FBI was putting 40 guys on me, I’d be incredibly nervous no matter how innocent I was. I’d also recognize that it was going to destroy my life, regardless of the outcome, because of how vicious the innuendo resulting from that investigation would be.

That is essentially the situation the President was (and continues to be) in and that was the motivation behind the comment. How do I know this? Because he said so just a few lines later in the report.

See what I mean about out of context headlines? In reality, Trump was simply pointing out that Mueller’s appointment would stall his presidency and keep him from accomplishing anything. For the most part he was right. He was not admitting guilt or any other such nonsense. He was reacting in a way most would react when faced with a major investigation over something they didn’t even do.

This is exactly why this report never should have been made public. I understand the political challenges in keeping it private because it’s a special counsel report, but if that’s the argument, then this shows why we never should have had a special counsel in the first place. This report was a complete waste of time and money. It’s only value is to serve as partisan fodder for Democrats and CNN hosts. They will now spend two more years taking excerpts, separating them from principle conclusions, and inventing new conspiracy theories. Rinse and repeat.

This country has real issues that are worth spending time on. Things that actually matter and affect the lives of everyday Americans. But the media and the Democratic party would rather spend the rest of Trump’s first term chasing their mythical white whale for political gain. If there’s any justice left, it won’t work in their favor.

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The US Respects Religious Holidays – Parts of the World Don’t Reciprocate

The United States goes out of its way – in as many ways as possible – to respect all the religions of the world.

In ways large and small, our government hails, praises…and defers to…the planet’s many faiths.

To be clear: Not only do I not have any problem at all with this – I find it to be quite nice.

I love the fact our nation and its government were founded upon acknowledgement of  – and appreciation for – the transcendent.

Our government officials regularly noting many religious holidays and special occasions – is eminently in keeping with our traditions.  And I find it to be really quite nice.

We’ll just use the Donald Trump Administration’s very many examples – as our examples.  But you can go back decades – and see similar things from many previous administrations.

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President Trump Hosts Faith Leaders at the White House

Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Interfaith Religious Leaders

Christmas at the White House

Presidential Message on Hanukkah

Remarks by President Trump at Diwali Ceremonial Lighting of the Diya

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak Devji

Our celebrations also, of course, include Islam.

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

We do this not just here – but all over the world.  Wherever we go – we go out of our way to defer to the locals’ religion(s) and their holy days.

With Islam: So far out of our way – we halt military operations in Afghanistan.

U.S. to Honor Kabul’s Unilateral Ramadan Ceasefire with Taliban

And halt Islamist terrorist prosecutions.

U.S. Stops Terrorist Trials for Ramadan, but the Terrorists Don’t Stop Killing

And aye – there’s the rub.

We’re very deferential to the world’s religions.  Parts of the world – rarely reciprocate.

To wit: Sunday is Christian Easter.  (Happy Easter, All.)  Christian Lent is coming to an end.

And parts of the world – aren’t reciprocating.

To wit: Where we stop Islamist terrorist trials – Kuwait has scheduled for Easter Sunday a completely ridiculous prosecution date.

The victim of this inanity – is Marsha Lazareva.  The chief executive and vice-chairman of US private equity company KGL Investment:

“KGL (has) made much of its money in Kuwait – and now wants to return much of it to the US.

“Enter Middle East cronyism.

“The Kuwaiti and Dubai governments – have frozen KGLs coin for no reason whatsoever.  Well, no legitimate reason.

“Behold Agility Logistics.  A Kuwaiti company – with close ties to the Kuwaiti government.  Agility’s CEO, Essa Anwar Al-Saleh – is a former Chairman of Kuwait’s Gulf Bank.  So he exercised significant power over Kuwaiti commerce and finance.

“And it appears Al-Saleh still does.  Agility is a KGL competitor – with the home court advantage.  The Kuwaiti government appears to be freezing KGLs coin – to benefit Agility.”

“Not satisfied with crucifying just the company – Kuwait is going after its executives….

“Lazareva(’s)…lawyers…say the charges brought against her were ‘demonstrably false’ and the case amounted to a ‘show trial.’…

“Her lawyers say she was denied access to one of the hearings and on other occasions the defence team was not permitted to introduce its own witnesses and was refused access to critical documents….

“‘Ms. Lazareva is the subject and victim of a politically-motivated vendetta initiated by powerful persons and entities, as well as competitors and rivals in Kuwait, against KGLI, KGL, and TPF,’ the (lawyers’) notice says.”

“In other words, it would seem Ms. Lazareva is a victim of the same crony garbage her company is.

“Kuwait is attempting to smear as many KGLI people as possible – in an attempt to make their crony garbage case against KGLI look less like crony garbage.”

And Kuwait’s next scheduled smear date – is Easter Sunday.

Christianity and its holiday be…well, you know.

The President and his Administration will quite rightly acknowledge Easter.

The President and his Administration should also quite rightly acknowledge the absurdity of Kuwait’s Easter-ignoring persecutions.

And weigh in to end them.

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WATCH: Jerry Nadler on the Starr Report in 1998 vs. Jerry Nadler on the #MuellerReport in 2019

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Rep. Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler (D-NY-10). Screen grab via CBS – Face the Nation.

Per CNN, the Mueller report is coming and soon:

A copy of Robert Mueller’s redacted report will be posted on the special counsel website after it has been delivered to Congress.

A senior DOJ official said the report will be delivered between 11 a.m. ET and noon to Capitol Hill and lawmakers will receive discs.

While the media and politicos of all stripes draw conclusions before the report is released to the public, now is a good time to remind everyone about House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s change of heart on releasing redacted reports.

Jerry Dunleavy at the DC Examiner did a good write-up on this just a couple of weeks ago:

But back in 1998, as a member of the same committee, he vociferously opposed the release of the full Starr Report, saying that “as a matter of decency and protecting people’s privacy rights, people who may be totally innocent third parties, what must not be released at all.”

Then, the president was Bill Clinton. Now, it is a Republican, Donald Trump.

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Ken Starr, the independent counsel investigating then-President Bill Clinton, delivered his report to Congress on Sept. 9, 1998. That night, Nadler went on Charlie Rose’s show to push back against the Republican demand that the voluminous report should be made public. “It’s grand jury material. It represents statements which may or may not be true by various witnesses,” Nadler said. “Salacious material. All kinds of material that it would be unfair to release,”

That was then, and this is now and Nadler has kinda sorta flip-flopped. From CBS News‘s “Face the Nation” on Sunday April 7th:

New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Congress is “entitled to see all” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, doubling down on his demand that the Justice Department provide his committee with the findings of the nearly two-year Russia investigation with no redactions.

“Congress has a right to the entire report with no redactions whatsoever so we can see what’s there,” Nadler said on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “We’re entitled to see it because Congress represents the nation. And Congress has to take action on any of it. So we’re entitled to see all of it.”

Nadler said he would go to court to obtain secret grand jury testimony that might be included in the unredacted report.

[…]

Nadler said the full disclosure of the findings of Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in U.S. elections and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow is necessary for the American public to judge Mr. Trump’s conduct — whether it amounts to impeachable offenses or not.

Watch Jerry Nadler argue with Jerry Nadler in the video clips below:

Ouch.

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Developing: Mueller Lacked Evidence to Conclude Trump Obstructed Justice

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The Hill is reporting that Robert Mueller did not conclude there was obstruction of justice committed by the President because of an inability to determine intent.

People familiar with the matter reportedly told the Post that the report will show that Mueller could not reach a conclusion on whether President Trump obstructed justice because it was too difficult to determine the president’s intent. They added that some of Trump’s actions could be interpreted innocently, according to the Post.

Despite how The Hill (and others) are framing this, make no mistake, the fact that intent could not be determined means they lacked evidence to do so.

For some of us, this has been obvious for at least two years now. I can remember opining on as early as 2017 on the fact that even if you thought mean tweets were obstruction of justice (they aren’t by any written statute), there’s noway you’d ever be able to prove intent. Even the Flynn conversation all the way back in early 2017 centered around Trump saying he “hoped” something.

The obstruction angle never made sense. Here are the three statutes in question, as compiled by The Daily Wire in the summer of 2017 when this issue first arose.

1. 18 USC 1503: This “omnibus” clause covers “corruptly or…by any threatening letter or communication influenc[ing], or imped[ing] or endeavor[ing[ to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice.” But the clause also requires a pending judicial proceeding – and as far as we are all aware, there is none. Furthermore, the Supreme Court is quite exacting on the application of this law – a prosecutor would need to prove that Trump’s conduct materially impeded the investigation, which even Comey has said didn’t happen.

2. 18 USC 1512(c): This provision of law covers anyone who “obstructs, influences, or impedes an official proceeding, or attempts to do so.” It is not clear that an FBI investigation is an “official proceeding,” and proving intent is difficult in any case. And it’s not enough to show intent to violate the subsection – you have to take a “substantial step toward the accomplishment of that goal.”

3. 18 USC 1519: This provision covers destroying evidence related to a federal investigation. There are no accusations that Trump destroyed evidence. Unless Trump had tapes and destroyed them, the statue simply doesn’t apply.

This is why the bar was always going to be unreachable, no matter how much wish-casting happened on MSNBC on in the pages of The New York Times. Trump never materially impeded the investigation. That’s the first point in his favor. How do we know that? Ironically, because Andrew McCabe and James Comey both said so in public testimony.

But even in a world where the above wasn’t true, you’d need to prove intent and there was simply ample reason for Trump to rant about the FBI, Mueller probe, James Comey, etc. aside from trying to shut down the investigation. Given the fact that the investigation could never have been logically impeded by mean tweets, it stands to reason that the intent of said tweets was not to impede the investigation. I know, real rocket science stuff. Instead, it was to shape opinion on the political front, which, last I checked, is still legal in this country.

Regardless of the arrived conclusions, the report will include the “evidence” looked at in regards to obstruction, so there will be plenty of “omgzz, look at this tweet, how could they not charge him!” hot takes coming yet.

However, the lightly redacted report will detail evidence collected during the probe, including an analysis of tweets, “private threats” and other reported episodes at the center of Mueller’s investigation, according to the paper.

We are going to find out a lot more about this in a few hours. The media are already gnashing their teeth over the fact that Barr will (gasp!) answer questions about the preparation of the report. They are going to get even more belligerent when it becomes clear the report doesn’t contain the bombshells they’ve so desperately wanted.

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Real Life: The Library Journal Decries Library Collections As “Proliferating Whiteness”

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Just when I think inter-sectionalists can’t get any more insane, they say, “Hold my beer!” and do something like this.

Here are some excerpts from the article, written by a self-proclaimed supporter of “critical race theory.”

If you look at any United States library’s collection, especially those in higher education institutions, most of the collections (books, journals, archival papers, other media, etc.) are written by white dudes writing about white ideas, white things, or ideas, people, and things they stole from POC and then claimed as white property with all of the “rights to use and enjoyment of” that Harris describes in her article. When most of our collections filled with this so-called “knowledge,” it continues to validate only white voices and perspectives and erases the voices of people of color. Collections are representations of what librarians (or faculty) deem to be authoritative knowledge and as we know, this field and educational institutions, historically, and currently, have been sites of whiteness.

I like how she says “so-called knowledge,” as if there’s not an objective standard by which we can validate truth. Is the knowledge she’s decrying in these books written by “white dudes” wrong or not? I’m not aware of any modern societal movement to bar “people of color” from having their works in libraries, nor do I know what a “white idea” is. She should probably provide some basis for her claims instead of simply dismissing people and their writings based on race. That’s called racism, just in case she wasn’t aware.

Library collections continue to promote and proliferate whiteness with their very existence and the fact that they are physically taking up space in our libraries. They are paid for using money that was usually ill-gotten and at the cost of black and brown lives via the prison industrial complex, the spoils of war, etc. Libraries filled with mostly white collections indicates that we don’t care about what POC think, we don’t care to hear from POC themselves, we don’t consider POC to be scholars, we don’t think POC are as valuable, knowledgeable, or as important as white people.

This seems like a sane viewpoint.

What libraries were paid for with the “spoils of war?” I honestly have no idea what she’s talking about. You can see she’s just throwing buzzwords out there. Prison industrial complex, black and brown lives, etc. It’s inter-sectional Mad Libs. Nowhere in her article is there any actual challenge of these so-called “white collections.” No critique of what’s in them, nor any salient argument made against their contents. Her views are simple racism, nothing more. The same would apply if a white person dismissed the works of black people based only on their race. We should be judging people as individuals, not maligning them by placing them in a general identity group to heap scorn on.

As to her actual concern, there’s a valid reason why so many library collections are written by white individuals. The Enlightenment and the effects of it happened in the west among European societies. That means white people are going to have a large presence in collections about such things as philosophy, science, governance, and reason. It’s not because a bunch of naughty librarians decided to bar other races from opining on those issues. In fact, there are plenty of books on those topics by people of different races. The demographics, though, are simply a result of the realities of history.

Honestly, when I read that article, it felt like I was reading satire. The inter-sectional movement has become a parody of itself. None of what they say makes sense and most of their concerns are simply made up in their own heads, i.e. they don’t actually exist for the reasons they say they exist. You’d think such a nonsensical movement would die out sooner rather than later. Let’s hope.

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Real Life: The Library Journal Decries Library Collections As “Proliferating Whiteness”

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Just when I think inter-sectionalists can’t get any more insane, they say, “Hold my beer!” and do something like this.

Here are some excerpts from the article, written by a self-proclaimed supporter of “critical race theory.”

If you look at any United States library’s collection, especially those in higher education institutions, most of the collections (books, journals, archival papers, other media, etc.) are written by white dudes writing about white ideas, white things, or ideas, people, and things they stole from POC and then claimed as white property with all of the “rights to use and enjoyment of” that Harris describes in her article. When most of our collections filled with this so-called “knowledge,” it continues to validate only white voices and perspectives and erases the voices of people of color. Collections are representations of what librarians (or faculty) deem to be authoritative knowledge and as we know, this field and educational institutions, historically, and currently, have been sites of whiteness.

I like how she says “so-called knowledge,” as if there’s not an objective standard by which we can validate truth. Is the knowledge she’s decrying in these books written by “white dudes” wrong or not? I’m not aware of any modern societal movement to bar “people of color” from having their works in libraries, nor do I know what a “white idea” is. She should probably provide some basis for her claims instead of simply dismissing people and their writings based on race. That’s called racism, just in case she wasn’t aware.

Library collections continue to promote and proliferate whiteness with their very existence and the fact that they are physically taking up space in our libraries. They are paid for using money that was usually ill-gotten and at the cost of black and brown lives via the prison industrial complex, the spoils of war, etc. Libraries filled with mostly white collections indicates that we don’t care about what POC think, we don’t care to hear from POC themselves, we don’t consider POC to be scholars, we don’t think POC are as valuable, knowledgeable, or as important as white people.

This seems like a sane viewpoint.

What libraries were paid for with the “spoils of war?” I honestly have no idea what she’s talking about. You can see she’s just throwing buzzwords out there. Prison industrial complex, black and brown lives, etc. It’s inter-sectional Mad Libs. Nowhere in her article is there any actual challenge of these so-called “white collections.” No critique of what’s in them, nor any salient argument made against their contents. Her views are simple racism, nothing more. The same would apply if a white person dismissed the works of black people based only on their race. We should be judging people as individuals, not maligning them by placing them in a general identity group to heap scorn on.

As to her actual concern, there’s a valid reason why so many library collections are written by white individuals. The Enlightenment and the effects of it happened in the west among European societies. That means white people are going to have a large presence in collections about such things as philosophy, science, governance, and reason. It’s not because a bunch of naughty librarians decided to bar other races from opining on those issues. In fact, there are plenty of books on those topics by people of different races. The demographics, though, are simply a result of the realities of history.

Honestly, when I read that article, it felt like I was reading satire. The inter-sectional movement has become a parody of itself. None of what they say makes sense and most of their concerns are simply made up in their own heads, i.e. they don’t actually exist for the reasons they say they exist. You’d think such a nonsensical movement would die out sooner rather than later. Let’s hope.

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