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Tucker Carlson: Biden DOJ civil rights division pick wrote that Black people have ‘superior physical and mental abilities’



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Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Monday evening an investigation by his team at “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has uncovered a decades-old letter from President-elect Joe Biden‘s nominee to lead the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) civil rights division, Kristen Clarke, in which she wrote that Black people “had superior physical and mental abilities.” Their investigation also shows that she had invited an antisemitic professor to speak on campus.

Last Thursday, the Biden transition team announced Clarke’s nomination for the DOJ role of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

The letter in question from 1994 titled “Blacks Seek An End to Abuse“, which Clarke wrote to the editors at The Harvard Crimson during her undergraduate studies while serving as president of the Black Students Association (BSA), dives into her views regarding race science. The name of another student, Victoria Kennedy, appears next to Clarke’s.

“Please use the following theories and observations to assist you in your search for truth regarding the genetic differences between Blacks and whites [sic],” Clarke wrote. “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. 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 calcification 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.”

Following an outcry on campus, according to Carlson, Clarke suggested that she didn’t necessarily believe what she had written.

A month later, Clarke invited a Trinidadian antisemite named Tony Martin to speak on campus. Martin, who at the time was a professor at Wellesley College, had authored a self-published 1993 manifesto titled The Jewish Onslaught. In the manifesto, Martin claimed that there was an “escalating Jewish onslaught” against Black people.

Martin spent his later years giving speeches to Holocaust-denying organizations such as the Institute for Historical Review. He retired from Wellesley in 2007 and died in 2013.

In his Harvard speech he attacked both Jews and Judaism, according to a 1994 piece published in The Crimson after the speech titled “My Kristen Clarke Problem” written by a Jewish student.

The piece by Martin Lebwohl details that immediately after Clarke introduced Martin as the speaker, “Martin lavished praise on” her, “who, he said, had courageously invited him ‘in the face of enormous pressure from the forces of reaction.’ It is young people like Kristen, Martin said, who are the hope and future of the African-American community.”

During his speech, according to Lebwohl, Martin urged Harvard students to read the then-new book The Bell Curve that tried to link a person’s intelligence to their race in order to pedal his antisemetic ideas.

According Lebwohl’s piece, Clarke told The Crimson after the speech: “Professor Martin is an intelligent, wellversed Black intellectual who bases his information on indisputable fact”.

In another section of his piece, Lebwohl appears to imply that the BSA had been the center of antisemitism debates on Harvard’s campus before the Martin speech.

“But Kristen Clarke has given us different questions to ask. These are unsettling questions about why the BSA must, every couple of years or so, bring the ugly specter of anti-Semitism to a lectern on this campus,” Lebwohl wrote. “Does the young leadership of the Black community think Jews and the Jewish heritage are their enemies?”

“I cannot answer these questions myself. That is Clarke’s job,” he added. “But before she answers, I hope she understands that the anger and disappointment that will no doubt be directed at her by Jews and others on this campus are not outbursts of gratuitous hostility toward her community, but are rather expressions of hurt and anguish over the loss of what might have been between us.”

“Now the ball is in Kristen Clarke’s court,” Lebwohl wrote later at the end of his piece. “I hope she cares enough to answer by addressing these questions in a public forum. We need to know, Kristen, if you stand with Tony Martin, or if you stand with us.”

Neither Clarke nor the Biden transition team have spoken out about the letter or her inviting Martin to campus. On Tuesday, after Carlson reported on the letter, the transition team tweeted a promotional video of their DOJ nominees, writing, “This team will restore the independence and integrity of the Justice Department, renew Americans’ faith in the rule of law, and work tirelessly to build a more equitable justice system. They understand that the Justice Department exists to serve the American people.”

In the video, Clarke says, “Our country is beleaguered by incredibly profound problems right now. Hate crimes are on the rise. There are people struggling for access to fair housing and educational opportunity, especially amid the pandemic.”

The uncovering of the letter and of Clarke inviting Martin to campus could severely damage her chances of the U.S. Senate confirming her to the DOJ post, with Democrats only holding the narrowest of majorities in the upper congressional chamber.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden Administration Relies on Discredited Reports to Claim Imminent Famine In Gaza



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Despite sounding an alarm that northern Gaza would face an impending famine, an organization backtracked on its own analysis mere months later. USAID, and likely the State andDefense departments, relied on the research from this organization to pressure Israel on what was portrayed as an impending famine in northern Gaza.

On March 18, the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) issued a report stating that famine with “reasonable evidence” would occur from March to July in the northern Gaza Strip, “with expectations that it will imminently emerge by May.” On May 31, FEWS NET followed up with a second report stating that it “…finds it is possible, if not likely, that all three IPC thresholds for Famine (food consumption,acute malnutrition, and mortality) were met or surpassed in northern Gaza in April. But on June 4, The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification Famine Review Committee (FRC) reviewed the FEWS NET analyses, and found them severely flawed on several accounts. Interestingly, according to a former IDF spokeswoman, FRC is at a higher, review level of the same organization as FEWS NET, so in June the organization essentially reviewed its own work.

Reliance by the Biden Administration. The Biden administration relied on the work of FEWS NET/FRC to chastise Israel on Gaza’s “imminent” famine. Sonali Korde, Assistant to the Administrator of USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, admitted such reliance explicitly in in an April 23 press briefing:Assessments on famine are based on a very rigorous methodology that is undertaken by the IPC, the Integrated Phase Classification, which is the expert body that both collects and reviews data. So, we will wait for their determination. But over a month prior, the March 18 FEWS NET report (or a March 18 FRC report) was likely the “heart-wrenching assessment” of “food security experts” that USAID Director Samantha Power cited that same day as evidence “that Famine is imminent in Northern Gaza.” In an apparent reference to the March 18 FRC report, on March 19, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that “according to the most respected measure of these things, 100 percent of the population in Gaza is at severe levels of acute food insecurity.  That’s the first time an entire population has been so classified.

The ”risk of famine” canard continued to be peddled by the Biden administration. In the above-mentioned April 23 press briefing, Ambassador David Satterfield, the Special Envoy for Middle East Humanitarian Issues stated that “the risk of famine throughout Gaza is very high, especially in the north. Israel must do everything possible to facilitate efforts to avert famine in Gaza. This followed an unnamed State Department official telling Reuters that “While we can say with confidence that famine is a significant risk in the south and centre but not present, in the north, it is both a risk and quite possibly is present in at least some areas. Additionally, in an April 4 press briefing, Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder stated that “Secretary Austin again raised the need for a rapid increase of aid coming through all crossings in the coming days, particularly to communities in northern Gaza that are at risk of famine.

But while apparently captivating USAID, State, and Defense,FRC burst its own bubble through its June criticism of earlier FEWS NET analyses:

Analysis based on “assumptions and inference.” The FRC conceded that FEWS NET relied on “major gaps in publiclyaccessible evidence, including direct and indirect evidence for food consumption and livelihood change, nutritional status, and mortality…” and had “relied on multiple layers of assumption and inference, beginning with food availability and access in northern Gaza and continuing through nutritional status and mortality.” In other words, FEWS NET did not have the facts to support its assertion that a famine was imminent. FRC admitted that as much, stating that “While the use of assumptions and inference is standard practice in IPC generally, the limitations of the available body of evidence and the extent of its convergencefor northern Gaza in April leads to a very high level ofuncertainty regarding the current food security and nutritional status of the population.

Analysis did not factor in shipments to bakeries or contracted/commercial trucking. The FRC also noted that the FEWS NET analysis excluded 940 metric tons of flour, sugar, salt, and yeast delivered by WFP [the United Nations’ World Food Program] to bakeries in northern Gaza.Additionally, the FEWS NET analysis excluded the contributions of private commercial and contracted trucking, whose deliveries comprised “…about 1,820 [metric tons] (low estimate) and 3,850 [metric tons] (high estimate) in the month of March and for about 2,405 [metric tons] (low estimate) and 4,004 [metric tons] (high estimate) in the month of April 2024.” FRC estimated that if the FEWS NET analysis incorporated these food sources, the estimated caloric availability in the area would have increased from what FEWS NET estimated as only 59-63% of the population’s needs in April, versus 75% to 109%, and even 157% if a higher estimate was used. FRC stated that FEWS NET could have taken such sources of food into account “for a more thorough analysis.”

The Biden administration relied on flawed and incomplete research to make an unsubstantiated claim that Israel was putting Gaza at risk of famine. Rather than take a “guilty until proven innocent approach,” the Biden administration must allow Israel to defeat Hamas.

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