A key adviser selected by President Joe Biden to help guide his as yet unidentified black female Supreme Court nominee through the Senate confirmation process is a critical race theory promoter and a Black Lives Matter board member.
Minyon Moore, a top outside adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris who played a role in getting her on to Biden’s presidential ticket, was picked by Biden earlier this month to be the “Nomination Adviser for Engagement,” with the responsibility to “mobilize a nationwide engagement effort focused on confirmation.”
The Washington Examiner revealed that Moore, also a longtime ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, is now listed as part of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation’s board of directors in the charity's filings. Her biography released by the White House did not mention her BLM board role, and it is unclear when she joined the board.
Moore is listed as a top leader at the Dewey Square Group consulting firm, served in Bill Clinton’s White House and on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and was CEO of the Democratic National Committee.
Biden has attempted to distance himself from BLM’s “defund the police” message, but that may be difficult with a BLM board member helping Biden install a justice on the Supreme Court.
“The President is proud to have Minyon Moore on his team as he prepares to announce and confirm an extraordinarily qualified nominee after seeking the recommendations of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates said. The Washington Examiner was also told Moore won’t be doing work for any outside groups while assisting the White House.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation told Fox News that Moore "has been required to cease all involvement in matters pertaining to her work with Black Lives Matter while she is part of the White House confirmation team."
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Moore said recently that she speaks with leading CRT scholar Kimberle Crenshaw each Monday, and Crenshaw joined Moore and other members of the self-described "Colored Girls" for a more than hourlong discussion in January, in which Crenshaw spent the majority of the time advocating for CRT as Moore nodded in agreement.
Crenshaw is a law professor at UCLA and at Columbia University, where her “areas of speciality” include “critical race theory” and “intersectionality.” Her official Columbia biography describes her as a “pioneering scholar and writer” on CRT and “foundational” in promoting CRT.
Crenshaw is a co-author of the 1993 book Words That Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment and was an editor for the 1995 book Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement. She is also the co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, which promotes “Critical Race Theory Summer School.”
Crenshaw told Moore and the others that CRT was being talked about in three main ways. She said the first is “the critical race theory that is the academic study of the way that racial inequality is perpetrated through law and more broadly through other institutions” and that the second is “part of our experience” as black people, and she claimed the third “is a big container for everything they don’t want to talk about anymore, and so that includes diversity, implicit bias, stereotype threat.” Crenshaw argued that “we have to make it costly for those who we elected to be silent.”
Moore agreed and asked Crenshaw to explain how activists could get involved in pushing for CRT.
“We have fair-minded people who want to help. They want to be part of our coalition. They want to help interpret this, as well as help preach the gospel. And I agree with you. Silence is not an option here. Because silence has us with 11 executive orders in Virginia,” Moore said in reference to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin banning CRT in K-12 public classrooms. “And so part of what we have to do is give them, and I know that you’ve been working on this for the last year … to give people the right talking points and the weapons — because they’ve taken the work to weaponize us, and we have to take it back.”
Moore added, “I know that critical race is one part of it, intersectionality is another, and you have a lot of people that are really interested in helping … We are begging … It’s almost like we are on this Zoom right now to say, 'Please, baby, please, please, please tell us.'”
Crenshaw then criticized Southern Baptist Church leaders for their critiques of CRT, claimed opposition to CRT today is comparable to when Reconstruction was rolled back in 1876, and argued in favor of pushing CRT in churches.
Moore said there were more than 500 people watching on Facebook and asked Crenshaw to say how people could get more information on her efforts. Crenshaw pointed to her "Truth Be Told" campaign, which claims that "right-wing groups across America instigated and intensified well-funded, orchestrated disinformation campaigns against critical race theory.”
Moore called Crenshaw's remarks “fantastic” and wrapped up the discussion by lavishing Crenshaw with praise and urging people to donate to Crenshaw so she could continue her efforts.
Moore co-authored the 2018 book For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, which describes Crenshaw as “an acclaimed critical race theory scholar.” Moore tweeted in early January, “Congratulations on this very prestigious award. Critical race theory pioneer to receive legal education’s top honor.” She also tweeted in October, “Must Read: Threats against school boards over masks and critical race theory threaten our way of life.”
The self-described “Colored Girls” group includes former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile and Harris’s chief of staff, Tina Flournoy. Harris reportedly asked Moore in 2020 to help select her chief of staff.
Moore said in October that her thought process had changed after Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 presidential election, pointing to her efforts to get Harris on the 2020 ticket.
“We [black women] kept asking ourselves the question — why do we keep showing up for other people? Why aren’t we showing up for ourselves?” Moore said, adding, “So we began to really mobilize and think about our vote strategically, and thus we have a vice president in the White House. … That wasn’t like we just showed up and decided that, 'OK, we want a black woman.' We strategized about that, because we understood that in 2020, we could not afford to have black women keep showing up and they saw no receipts.”
Moore added, “More and more, we show up for ourselves, and we’re demanding that people show up for us. Every time I look around, they’re asking for our vote, but what are we getting? So now, we are saying, 'OK, we’re running, so you’re voting for us too.'” She also said that “black women are a voting bloc” and that “we’re gonna have more black women — just wait and see.”
Biden had promised during the Democratic primary to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court if there was a vacancy during his term, and he reiterated that promise in January when Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement.
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Moore was dubbed a “longtime adviser” to Harris and was quoted in Time’s story naming Biden and Harris the 2020 "Person of the Year." Moore was named by Politico in 2020 as key in the lobbying effort to get Harris on the Biden ticket. Moore was on the Biden-Harris transition team advisory board, and Politico said in June that “a few dozen women of color across the Biden administration organized an unofficial private brunch” honoring Moore last summer. Harris also held a December meeting with “Black women leaders,” including Moore.
BLM’s national organization complained repeatedly that Biden and Harris were ignoring them after winning in 2020. The co-founders of BLM were self-described Marxists. BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors announced in May she was resigning from the organization amid the scrutiny over her personal real estate purchases, but BLM’s new filings still identify Cullors as an “executive director” for BLM. Cullors has said she and a co-founder are “trained Marxists,” and her memoir included a foreword written by Communist Party USA vice presidential candidate Angela Davis.
Moore co-founded Power Rising in 2017, and Harris gave the keynote speech at its virtual Fixed on Freedom summit in 2020. A post on Facebook by Power Rising in 2018 approvingly quoted Angela Davis. Moore signed an open letter in 2020 titled “Top Black Women Leaders Denounce Racist, Sexist Attacks Against VP Candidates," and the letter claimed that “we are indebted to women like … Angela Davis.” For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics approvingly quotes Davis.