Letters to the Editor: The Supreme Court’s conservatives are deluded on race and affirmative action
Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 12, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.
To the Editor: There is no legitimate reason for the Supreme Court to re-evaluate its ruling on racial preferences in college admission.
Affirmative action is not a “racial discrimination” issue in that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of college admissions based on merit and not race.
Affirmative action is based on the best qualified students being selected. The Supreme Court’s conservatives are, instead, playing politics by seeking to overturn the original ruling of the Supreme Court.
In this political climate, they are engaging in a tactic to divert attention away from what they call a “racial discrimination” issue.
Not only did Justice Clarence Thomas vote for the Court’s original ruling, but he is joined in his opinion with seven “supremes” — including Justice Antonin Scalia, who has made it crystal clear that he wants to overturn the “unwritten constitution” on affirmative action.
The Supreme Court is not a court of law. It is a court of politics, of public opinion, of public opinion polls, and it is a court of a “unwritten constitution.”
As a result, to the Supreme Court conservatives who claim that “affirmative action” is a “race issue,” it is only a “political issue.”
The Supreme Court has been wrong on race before and it will continue to be wrong on race.
While an individual, perhaps not a white male, who believes in the value of “affirmative action” may disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, the Supreme Court is made up of the “politicians” who voted to uphold it.
The Supreme Court has already said the affirmative action case is “unsettled.” Let us hope it will be dismissed by a new Supreme Leader.
To the Editor: There is no legitimate reason for the Supreme Court to re-evaluate its ruling on racial preferences in college admissions.
Affirmative action is not a “racial discrimination” issue in that the Supreme Court