Amy Coney Barrett addresses accusations she is a "white colonist" because of adopted Haitian children during confirmation hearings

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 14th, 2020 1:45 pm
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Last Updated Oct 16th, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett addressed accusations that she was a "white colonizer" because of her adopted children during Tuesday's confirmation hearing.

Barrett and her family adopted two of her seven children, Vivian and John Peter, from Haiti.

Some have questioned the adoption.

Next Gen America Managing Director John Lee Brougher said that he wanted to "know more about the circumstances" of the adoption.

"Transracial adoption is fraught with trauma and potential for harm, and everything I see here is deeply concerning," he said.

Democratic activist Dana Houle said he would "love to know" which adoption agency the Barrett family used.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) brought up the accusations during Tuesday's confirmation hearing, asking if Barrett used her children "as props."

"They are my children who we love and who we brought home and made part of our family, and accusations like that are cruel," Barrett said.

Kennedy agreed with Barrett, saying, "Yeah, they are. How low can you go?"


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