New York Times magazine’s 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones announced throughout a panel on Saturday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had “no reason” to invoke books relating to Critical Race Theory throughout the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson. [tweet_embed] May 3, 2022[/tweet_embed] Hannah-Jones made the remarks during the National Antiracist Book Festival hosted by Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research. Cruz questioned Jackson if she agreed with the book “Antiracist Baby,” authored by the director of BU’s Center for Antiracist Research, Ibram X Kendi, who has stated that racial discrimination is not always “inherently racist.” “Since the 1960s, racist power has commandeered the term ‘racial discrimination,’ transforming the act of discriminating on the basis of race into an inherently racist act. But if racial discrimination is defined as treating, considering, or making a distinction in favor or against an individual based on that person’s race, then racial discrimination is not inherently racist. The defining question is whether the discrimination is creating equity or inequity. If discrimination is creating equity, then it is antiracist,” Kendi wrote in his 2019 book “How to Be an Antiracist.” “Do you agree with this book that is being taught to kids that babies are racist?” Cruz asked at Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing. [tweet_embed] May 3, 2022[/tweet_embed] Jackson replied that she has “never studied Critical Race Theory, and I’ve never used it. It doesn’t come up in the work that I do as a judge.” Amazon’s summary of the book declares that it “introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism.” During the Saturday panel, Hannah-Jones announced that Cruz had “no reason” to invoke the book and ask Jackson about it. “It reveals a danger…how dangerous of a period we are in right now, because there’s no reason that that should have been brought up and it had nothing to do with the hearing,” Hannah-Jones announced. She also stated that his question makes an announcement on where modern-day American politics are and stated Cruz “was trying to provoke a base.” Hannah-Jones announced that the “targeting” by Cruz could have potentially violent consequences. “So this targeting has consequences. What my fear is that it can lead to violence, like actual violence,” Hannah-Jones stated. [tweet_embed] May 3, 2022[/tweet_embed] During the same panel, Hannah-Jones said that Republicans are a “White party” who “understand that they actually cannot win elections with majorities.” “And in this country, we have a swift demographic change occurring where Republicans understand that they actually cannot win elections with majorities because they are essentially a White party and Democrats are a party that actually represents the majority of Americans, which is plurality of White voters and the majority of voters of all other races, that these two things go hand in hand,” Hannah-Jones stated.