While the media has been transfixed by the latest insane comments from Donald Trump, an important case is being heard by the Supreme Court on the issue of affirmative action. The case centers on a young woman who has sued the University of Texas, claiming that their admissions policy prevented her from being accepted to the school, because she is white.
Even though a lower court has ruled that Abigail Fisher would not have met the standards for admission to the University of Texas, her case has come before the Supreme Court – for the second time. Furthermore, Abigail Fisher went on to graduate from Louisiana State University, so she suffered no harm from the decision of the university – plus she had the chance to see some better football games and eat some good Louisiana food.
The case is obviously a ploy by political legal activists to reverse affirmative action policies across the country, and it isn’t just simply some victimized white person who didn’t get accepted to the first school they wanted to go to.
During the hearing, Justice Antonin Scalia made this gasp-worthy statement:
“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans 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 slower-track school where they do well,” he said during the hearing on Wednesday. “One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas.”
Scalia said that African-American students placed in schools like the University of Texas may feel pushed ahead in classes that are “too fast for them.” (Source)
Before I go further, I should disclose that Justice Antonin Scalia is an acquaintance of my family. My brother-in-law was invited to the Supreme Court by Scalia himself to be present when the decision to throw out Massachusetts’ abortion clinic buffer zone law was thrown out last year.
Justice Antonin Scalia’s tenure on the Supreme Court bench has been full of rigidly conservative opinions. Along with Justice Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, he has ruled on the side of the right-wing in case after case.
These remarks go beyond Citizens United or ruling in favor of George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election’s Bush v. Gore case. What Scalia has said is nothing more than pure racism and discounts the ability of African-Americans to succeed in higher education versus their peers from other ethnic backgrounds.
One of the most famous black scientists in this country is Neil deGrasse Tyson who didn’t graduate from a community college or go to a lesser-known school like the University of North Texas – part of his fame comes from having attended Harvard and receiving his doctorate from Columbia University.
Affirmative action allows people from poor backgrounds to find success that they may not have achieved otherwise. As much as conservatives enjoy making speeches about rugged individualism and minorities rising above their socioeconomic disparities, it’s quite obvious that people like Justice Antonin Scalia are more than happy to use the legal system to stack the deck against them even further.
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