The Supreme Court is hearing a case on Affirmative Action concerning the University of Texas. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia made a very unusual comment that made a lot of people gasp.
Scalia seemed to imply that some minority students don’t do as well at upper-level universities, as if blacks should only attend “slower” colleges. Scalia stated “There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to — to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a less — a slower-track school where they do well.”
Was Scalia being racist? There’s some defense that he’s not and only talking about lower testing students getting into a school they can’t handle. The Los Angeles Times is defending him in an editorial. We should also consider that perhaps Scalia was playing devil’s advocate.
I totally understand the argument that students with low SAT scores don’t do as well at an upper level university, but why focus on black students? Scalia might have had a good point but he messed it up with an awkward statement. It shows he doesn’t really understand race relations, despite having at least one “black” friend.
Scalia has always voted against the interest of African Americans, but he’s also voted against anyone who’s not a rich white guy. He has a consistent record defending white privilege. I’m not sure if he’s racist but I do believe he’s prejudice and a bigot.
Scalia gives progressives and moderates another reason why we can’t have a bigot as president. We have enough on the Supreme Court and we don’t need any more.
A reader wrote me last night that he was speculating on what issue I would draw next. I was flattered. I was thinking the same thing. It doesn’t take much to wonder what issues I’m considering and he mentioned each I was pondering. I almost went with an idea on Rahm. Maybe tomorrow. I have two more ideas in my head and if too much time passes before I draw them then I won’t ever draw them. He also guessed correctly I’d take a Trump break.
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