Judge Orders Portraits of Predecessors Removed From Courtroom…Because They’re Mostly White

Written with contribution from Sheriff David Clarke

The United States is inarguably the most ethnically diverse nation in the history of the entire human race.

This is one of the things that has made our unique nation so great as the world’s best ideas and cultural traditions have converged to form a new kind of society.

Never before has a nation existed based entirely on the idea of providing a haven and refuge for any member of earth’s population seeking liberty and prosperity.

Yet, we just so happen to be a majority-white nation.

Despite what you’re told these days, this isn’t because our nation was fundamentally founded on white supremacist ideology but because, well, the majority of its early inhabitants were Western European and have, for centuries, continued to reproduce within our borders.

It’s not really that big of a deal, and it certainly isn’t indicative of the lie that deep-seated racism intertwined with every aspect of our founding philosophy as critical race theorists would have you believe.

And yet, in today’s culture, because the vast majority of those who perpetuated now-abolished systemic racism of slavery and racial segregation were themselves white (as were abolitionists and civil rights activists, as it happens) being a descendant of this cursed heritage is as good as simply being a racist yourself.

Are you starting to see why so many people are urgently raising the alarm about the heinous racism of critical race theory?

BizPac Review reports that a state judge in deep blue Fairfield County, Virgina, which encompasses the suburbs of Washington, D.C. has ordered portraits of his predecessors removed ahead of a January 4th trial for an African-American defendant because…the past judges were white.

This, he believes, would give the defendant a disadvantage in the courtroom. Sorry, anyone else worried about this judge’s partiality at this point?

What’s more, is it not indicative of an offensively patronizing attitude towards this defendant and everyone else in that courtroom to suggest that the mere installment of portraits of white men and robes will somehow influence the outcome of the trial?

Does he earnestly believe that jurors are so stupid as to be swayed by pictures of retired and dead old white guys?!

Judge David Bernhard, himself an immigrant from El Salvador, penned an 11-page letter issued in response to a motion filed by the defendant observing that 45 out of the 47 judges whose portraits grace the walls of the Fairfax Circuit Court’s courtrooms in northern Virginia are white.

This, he declared, needs to change “in the furtherance of justice.”

Revising history in the name of “social justice”? Yup—cultural Marxism strikes again.

Who does he suggest as replacement portraits? Maybe black racists like Al Sharpton or Louis Farrakhan?

“[T]he Court is concerned the portraits may serve as unintended but implicit symbols that suggest the courtroom may be a place historically administered by whites for whites, and that thus others are of a lesser standing in the dispensing of justice. The Defendant’s constitutional right to a fair jury trial stands paramount over the countervailing interest of paying homage to the tradition of adorning courtrooms with portraits that honor past jurists.

“Consequently, the jury trial of the Defendant, and of any other defendant tried before the undersigned judge, shall henceforth proceed in a courtroom devoid of portraits in the furtherance of justice,” the judge wrote.

“To the public seeking justice inside the courtrooms, thus, the sea of portraits of white judges can at best yield indifference, and at worst, logically, a lack of confidence that the judiciary is there to preside equally no matter the race of the participants,” he also noted.

The motion was apparently not opposed by Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney Steve Descano, a Democrat, as indicated by the judge’s letter and the Washington Post.

By the way, the defendant in question, whose access to justice could so easily be impaired by, um, paintings, is facing charges that “include eluding the police and assault on a law enforcement order,” BPR notes.

Of course he is.

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