Cancel culture has claimed yet another victim. However, this instance is a little different in the sense that a federal judge canceled himself.
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney resigned from his post as the “chief judge for the Central District of California” after describing court executive and clerk Kiry K. Gray as “street-smart,” according to the Los Angeles Times. He’ll still be a judge, just not in his current role.
The comment in question came when Carney was asked about the adjustment period of transitioning into his role as chief district judge.
“Fortunately for me, we have just a fabulous clerk of the court in Kiry Gray,” Carney said. “She’s so street-smart and really knows her job.”
Did I miss a meeting or a memo? When did the term “street-smart” become synonymous with being a racial slur against black people? Are black people the only people who have ever known the streets? That’s kind of racist itself.
Carney was complimenting Gray. But that didn’t stop Gray from canceling himself after trying to defend his comment.
“To me, the term means a person of great common sense, initiative, and ability to work with people and get things done,” Carney said, according to the Times. “It saddened me greatly to learn that some people view the term to be demeaning to people of color. I never knew that there was a different definition of the term.”
It’s not that “there was a different definition of the term.” For people that live to cancel others and push the victimhood mentality, there is only one definition and that is that you’re a racist. It doesn’t matter if you actually are or what your explanation is, they want their pound of flesh and they going to get it if you let them. And that’s precisely what Carney did.
Carney said the following in an email to “court staff and fellow judges,” as reported by the Times:
I have apologized to Ms. Gray, but I have concluded that a simple apology will not put this matter to rest. There will be division in the Court, unnecessary, negative and hurtful publicity, and a diversion from the Court’s essential mission of administering justice if I were to continue serving as the Chief District Judge. I cannot allow the Court to become politicized and embroiled in controversy.
To be honest, if Carney is that weak of a person not to stand by a totally benign comment that he meant as a compliment, then maybe he shouldn’t be a judge of anything at all. His poor judgment to apologize in this instance doesn’t instill confidence in his abilities.
Oh well. Another one bites the dust.