U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett discussed threats on her family and her adopted children during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing.

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

Media figures suggested that Barrett had adopted two of her seven children, Vivian and John Peter, from Haiti for nefarious reasons. Next Gen America Managing Director John Lee Brougher said that he wanted “to know more about the circumstances” of how Barrett had adopted her children and ““the treatment of them since.”

“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 Amy Coney Barrett and her husband used to adopt the two children they brought here from Haiti.”

“Does the press even investigate details of Barrett’s adoptions from Haiti,” he asked. “Some adoptions from Haiti were legit. Many were sketchy as hell. And if press learned they were unethical and illegal adoptions, would they report it? Or not, bc it involves her children.”

He continued: “Would it matter if her kids were scooped up by ultra-religious Americans, or Americans weren’t scrupulous intermediaries and the kids were taken when there was family in Haiti? I dunno. I think it does, but maybe it doesn’t, or shouldn’t.”

And Center for Antiracist Research Director Ibram X. Kendi tweeted: “Some White colonizers ‘adopted’ Black children. They ‘civilized’ these ‘savage’ children in the ‘superior’ ways of White people, while using them as props in their lifelong pictures of denial, while cutting the biological parents of these children out of the picture of humanity.”

“And whether this is Barrett or not is not the point,” he continued. “It is a belief too many White people have: if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist.”

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