RALEIGH – In a pandering, reactionary move to the Marxist BLM tumult, Governor Roy Cooper last month announced the formation of a ‘Racial Equity Task Force’ to tackle criminal justice reform in the wokest of ways. His pick for leader of this group was the credentialed Social Justice Warrior, now N.C. Supreme Court Justice, Anita Earls.
The task force held their first meeting Friday, and being that the group’s recommendations will likely be pushed hard for implementation by Cooper and his media friends, it behooves us to pay attention to what kind of post-modernist drivel is being proffered as legitimate policy proposals.
You can view the first meeting below:
From Cooper’s press release:
“I am grateful to the people willing to serve on this task force to help our state acknowledge racial inequities in our systems of law enforcement and criminal justice, and then work to eliminate them,” said Governor Cooper.
“This Task Force is a critical step in acknowledging and addressing racial inequities in North Carolina’s criminal justice system. The Task Force will rely on community involvement, and I look forward to engaging with communities around the state to determine recommendations for addressing systemic racial bias,” said Associate Justice Anita Earls of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. […]”
Understanding the language here is important. Equity does not mean equality, to be sure. So, in Wokish, ‘racial inequities’ simply means any result that does not match up with straight demographic profiles and attributing that difference solely to racism. It must be, right? Because of White Privilege and Systemic Racism, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Addressing the the racial inequities to create ‘racial equity,’ therefore, must mean changing the results to better match the general population. More black men in jail than their portion of the general population? That’s an inequity created by racism. Solution? Put less black men in prison to even it out, by whatever clever means are deemed necessary.
Now, there are some good people and honest brokers on this task force. We don’t doubt some of them want real criminal justice reform that helps address real problems of arbitrary laws and overly-aggressive enforcement. However, even the well-intended are limited by the woke dogma fully embraced by the task force leaders like Justice Earls.
They are limited at the outset by accepting the premise of equity over equality. Any solutions that follow this equation will be necessarily corrupted by a relativistic, post-modern, woke, social justice agenda that is anathema to an honest attempt at rule of law, and equality under the law. Equality is not the mission; Equity is.