Justice Antonin Scalia made remarks in court today that raised a lot of eyebrows and revealed what some are calling a racist point of view.Â
During oral arguments WednesdayÂ Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suggestedÂ affirmative action was actually harmful to Blacks because it allows them into schools that are too advanced for them.
“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,” Scalia said while hearing Fisher v. University of Texas.
“One of the [amicus] briefs pointed out that most of the Black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”
The University of Texas has what is called a race-blind program that accepts 75 percent of incoming students without regard to race. Race is a factor considered for 25 percent of the other accepted students. Scalia suggested it would be perfectly OK if the University of Texas had fewer Black students.
“I’m just not impressed by the fact the University of Texas may have fewer [Blacks],” Mother Jones reports the 79-year old Reagan appointed Supreme Court Justice saying.
“Maybe it ought to have fewer. I don’t think it stands to reason that it’s a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many Blacks as possible.”
The case was brought by a white woman who believes she was denied admission because a Black student was given preference over her.
Some responses via Twitter:
As a scientist, Scalia’s argument is objectively incorrect. As a principled human being, it’s intolerably loathsome. pic.twitter.com/EFyMKMt9X0
â€” John Borghi (@JohnBorghi) December 9, 2015
In related news, Scalia is on a “slower track” to acknowledging African Americans their humanity. https://t.co/lr5P0wGekB
â€” Benjamin Park (@BenjaminEPark) December 9, 2015
Dear Justice Scalia, Before affirmative action, we had a system that saw George W. Bush somehow matriculate to Yale. Is that a slow school?
â€” Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) December 9, 2015
Scalia evokes this particularly disgusting brand of racism that has deep roots in “compassionate” colonialism. Basically goes something+
â€” Copy McPasty, Writer (@KashannKilson) December 9, 2015
Is overt racism grounds for impeaching a SCOTUS justice? Asking for a Scalia.
â€” Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) December 9, 2015
@lizcgoodwin Scalia sounds like Trump, all the way down to the stammering.
â€” Philip Stinard (@pstinard) December 9, 2015
A vote for Republicans in 2016 is a vote for 2-3 MORE Scalia’s on the SCOTUS.
â€” Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) December 9, 2015
#SCOTUS Justice Scalia says affirmative action sends black kids to schools that are too advanced for them. Is this:
â€” Yes, You’re Racist (@YesYoureRacist) December 9, 2015
If I listened to #Scalia I never would have applied to and graduated from 2 Ivy League schools. This level of ignorance is dangerous.
â€” Vanessa K. De Luca (@Vanessa_KDeLuca) December 9, 2015
@politicspodcast Scalia is a straight up RACIST & doesn’t even hide it. But sits on the nation’s highest court for life.
â€” Mike O’Hara (@mediumvillain) December 9, 2015
Jesus, Scalia really went there. Does he think Clarence Thomas was sent to a school too advanced for him?
â€” Gus Â¯\_(ãƒ„)_/Â¯ (@Gus_802) December 9, 2015
So, Scalia thinks that some sort of “separate and unequal” college system is called for? Pure jiggery-pokery
â€” Fred (@freeloosedirt) December 9, 2015
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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection
Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.
Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”
“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”
“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.
“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”
He later added, “This is a serious moment.”
‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian
Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.
“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”
Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.
“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”
He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.
“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”
‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.
Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.
She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:
The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:
If you’re going to tout your Christian faith, how about trying to have some empathy and grace over a tragedy? Don’t remember the part of the gospel that says “anything for RTs” https://t.co/uPT3djTpT7
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) October 22, 2021
A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:
You are a ghoul. https://t.co/owURidfZqo
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) October 22, 2021
This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:
Elected official makes joke about gun violence while holding gun in profile pic https://t.co/fO4JMiMUmd
— Cal Perry (@CalNBC) October 22, 2021
And many others:
A member of Congress is using her taxpayer-funded salary to dig up seven year old tweets to troll a man she’s never met in what’s probably the worst moment of his life. “Shame” doesn’t even begin to describe this. https://t.co/BKtSWsADqc
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) October 22, 2021
So you just straight up don’t give a fuck that there’s a grieving family who just lost their loved one and can see you joking about their loved one’s tragic death, huh?
— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) October 22, 2021
You really have to be the most ghoulish, heartless, shittiest excuse for a human being to use a tragic accident that cost a young woman her life, to attempt to crack a joke at @AlecBaldwin’s expense. https://t.co/ZddmfIS0XB
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 22, 2021
The “party of family values” ladies and gentlemen.
This vile creature is reveling in a tragic death.
She’s using that horrible accident as a weapon in order to attack someone who is undoubtedly suffering.
This is who she is.
She is grotesque.
She’s an embarrassment to Congress.
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) October 22, 2021
This fact makes me so sad. This is the kind of person we have representing Americans. 😭
— Jacqui White (@jacqwhi) October 22, 2021
This is disgusting. A woman is dead. it’s beyond ghoulish for an elected official to joke about this. https://t.co/4QAqyRtH5X
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) October 22, 2021
Lauren Boebert is a simpleton sociopath. She is a profoundly stupid person who compensates by being a huge asshole.
In hell, she’d be the hostess at a Nazi Hooters. https://t.co/aleoBtHbCd
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) October 22, 2021
The party of ‘Christian values’.
A person died. These people are repulsive. https://t.co/0wbloL9Evz
— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) October 22, 2021
One thing that really binds the modern Republican Party is a complete disregard for the life of human beings. https://t.co/p7QN5yja6C
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) October 22, 2021
You are evil. https://t.co/axvOO20wFL
— drew olanoff (@yoda) October 22, 2021
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