West: Amy Coney Barrett is Texas

West: Amy Coney Barrett is Texas

Barrett’s Texas-sized grit, toughness, and sensitivity will serve her well when presented with several cases that directly impact civil liberties in my home state of Texas. Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. And although she’s not from Texas, Judge Barrett is Texas. It is hard to imagine another state possessing the same grit, determination, and fortitude as Texas. The lores of Texas are legendary; from famous battle cries (“Remember the Alamo”) to outlaw cowboys, the Lone Star State epitomizes the individual standing firm against all odds. Phrases like “Texas Grit” and “Texas Tough” are common; Texans work hard and are deservedly proud. The Texas Department of Transportation registered the trademark “Don’t Mess with Texas.” But Texas also has a sensitive side: “Friendship” is our state motto. Even our insults sound nice (“bless your heart”). But the attacks against Barrett have been vicious. Mindless protestors draped in trite Handmaid’s Tale costumes seek to shame Judge Barrett for her faith. Some have criticized her for wearing a dress instead of a suit to her confirmation hearings. A Boston University professor even called Barrett a “white colonizer” for adopting two children from Haiti. This same professor attacked these children too, diminishing their existence to that of “props.” And yet, Barrett responded with grace to all of these cruel criticisms—perhaps even an unspoken “bless your heart.” Judge Barrett’s existence undermines the lie that women have to choose between career and children. She is […]

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