Law Prof Wants to Scrap US Constitution’s ‘Racist’ and ‘Gendered’ Language

by Maria Copeland


A law professor is calling for changes to the “outdated” language of the Constitution.

Richard Albert, a professor of law and government at the University of Texas-Austin, denounced the Constitution in an op-ed for The Hill published Tuesday, saying that “its gendered and racist words stand in the way of true reconciliation in this divided country and have no place in any modern society.”

Albert cites the 13th Amendment as an example of racism in the Constitution, saying that although it abolishes slavery it still includes the Fugitive Slave Clause; which, remaining in the Constitution, is “a painful reminder of America’s original sin.”

The Constitution’s language also discriminates based on gender, Albert says. It uses exclusively male pronouns when referring to the presidency, he points out, admitting that this did not prevent Hillary Clinton from running in 2016, but suggests that the first woman to be elected to the House of Representatives — Jeannette Rankin (R-Mont.), 100 years prior to Clinton’s candidacy — faced disapproval merely because the Constitution’s language only allowed for male leaders.

“Imagine how schoolchildren must feel when they read the Constitution in their basic civics course. Some will be made to feel less than welcome in their own country… The highest law of the land creates a hierarchy of citizenship.”

Albert condemns Roger Sherman’s argument that changing the founders’ original words would threaten the document’s integrity, saying it is better “to erase those texts that time had overrun or that present exigencies suggested should be removed,” as James Madison argued. If “racist and gendered terms” are removed, then the Constitution “would celebrate equality and inclusion, and give Americans a text proudly to call their own — one in which they would see themselves and their hopes reflected.”

“The Constitution is replete with obsolete and outdated language that weakens rather than enhances the feeling of belonging that a constitution should generate among a country’s citizens,” he concludes. “It is time to update the Constitution to reflect America’s modern values of equality and inclusion.”

Professor Albert did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for further comment in time for publication.

– – –

Maria Copeland is a Virginia Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse on campus for Campus Reform. She is originally from Herndon, Virginia and received her Associates of Arts in Communications from Northern Virginia Community College this May. She will attend James Madison University in the Fall. While on campus, Maria was Gupta Family Foundation Scholar, Vice President of the Loudoun Student Government Association, Vice President of the Loudoun Writing Association, and a Student Ambassador for the Honors Program. She was also a Page for the Fairfax County Public Library. Maria is a Campus Reform intern this summer.
Photo “Richard Albert” by Richard Albert.






Appeared at and reprinted from

Related posts

7 Thoughts to “Law Prof Wants to Scrap US Constitution’s ‘Racist’ and ‘Gendered’ Language”

  1. law

    Why does someone climb into our constitution and want to change it for themselves? especially if he is not even from our country! If he is trying to follow the current trends, then it is a bad idea, because everyone is going crazy right now.

  2. Dan Meredith III

    Two words, Richard Albert: SHUT UP!

  3. Sharon Johnson

    Just NO!! He’s what’s wrong with our country. Colleges and schools today. This is what causes the Antifa types in this USA. MOVE to another country of your not happy here. I bet you won’t change theirs either. Crazy people.

    1. Don

      Tell me please where do these people come from? First how long has this document been around? Next ,why is that it has now being noticed?

  4. Fireguy

    Please tell me again why some born and raised Canadian feels like he has to come to our country, go to college and suddenly become an expert on this countries Constitution. Take your idiotic perceptions and go change your motherland. I am beginning to wonder if anyone with “attorney” after their name has the slightest walking around sense.

  5. joebltzft

    Dumb, really dumb proposal. Richard Albert needs to “get-a-life”.

    1. Don

      Tell me please where do these people come from? First how long has this document been around? Next ,why is that it has now being noticed?