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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Trump White House to Tell Americans to Wear Cloth Masks in Public to Protect Against Coronavirus Transmission
The Trump White House is expected to urge Americans to wear cloth face masks when in public to help slow the transmission of coronavirus, in a reversal of current guidelines. The CDC says there is increasing evidence asymptomatic coronavirus carriers may be spreading the virus more than first believed, The Washington Post reports.
But studies going back weeks or longer made clear people who show few or no symptoms are “shedding” more of the virus – spreading it – at a rate higher than some who are fully symptomatic.
“In light of these new data, along with evidence of widespread transmission in communities across the country, CDC recommends the community use of cloth masks as an additional public health measure people can take to prevent the spread of virus to those around them,” the guidance says, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post.
Social distancing and the stay at home policy are still recommended as the top methods to slow the spread of the virus. The cloth masks would protect others from the virus, not the wearer.
On Wednesday Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp came under fire for falsely claiming asymptomatic spreading had just been discovered “the last 24 hours.”
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Navy to Relieve ‘Hero’ Captain Who Urged Help for 100 Sailors With Coronavirus: Report
The U.S. Navy will relive from duty a nuclear powered aircraft carrier Captain after he sent a letter to his superiors urging help after more than 100 sailors tested positive for coronavirus.
The official reason will be loss of trust and confidence.
“Capt. Brett Crozier, who commands the Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier with a crew of nearly 5,000, will be relieved of his command, but keep his rank and remain in the Navy,” NBC News reports.
We are not at war,” Capt. Crozier wrote in a letter that was subsequently leaked to the media. “Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors.”
On Wednesday the Navy let it be known Capt. Crozier would not be disciplined or discharged.
“The fact that he wrote the letter to his chain of command to express his concerns would absolutely not result in any time of retaliation,” Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly said.
That appears to have changed.
Four Star US Army General Bary McCaffrey (Ret). a former Joint Commander of SOUTHCOM, weighed in yesterday:
My idea today of a military hero is Capt Brett Crozier commanding USS ROOSEVELT. He spoke clearly to his chain of command to protect his sailors. ACTING SEC NAVY says 10% of crew too few to protect ship in Guam. He knows better than the commander?
— Barry R McCaffrey (@mccaffreyr3) April 2, 2020
FDA Changes Gay Blood Ban From 12 to 3 Months of No Sex Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
The Food and Drug Administration has changed its ban on LGBTQ people donating blood, now requiring men who have had sex with men to abstain from sex for three months instead of 12 months before donating blood or plasma.
Plasma donations from those who have coronavirus antibodies are especially vital right now, as this popular HuffPost story shows, given the current pandemic. There are also shortages of blood across the nation.
The FDA’s “loosened” guidelines, which are now in effect due to “the public health emergency related to COVID-19,” are not necessarily permanent. They cover a lengthy list of people who should not donate blood. In addition to men who have had sex with a man or men within the past three months, it recommends a ban of those who fall in to the following categories:
Women with “a history in the past 3 months of sex with a man who has had sex with another man in the past 3 months,” donors with a “history in the past 3 months of syphilis or gonorrhea, or treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea,” donors with a “history in the past 3 months of a tattoo, ear or body piercing,” donors with a “history in the past three months of exchanging sex for money or drugs,” and donors with a “history in the past three months of non-prescription injection drug use.”
The ban on gay men is unscientific and discriminatory, given the ability to test for HIV infection, and given that men who have sex with women can still acquire HIV.
For example, a man who is married to a woman but has random or anonymous sexual encounters regularly with other women is fully eligible to donate blood. A man who is married to a man in a monogamous relationship still cannot.
Calling the new guidelines “imperfect,” GLAAD, which has been working on eliminating the gay blood ban since 2015 issued a statement from its President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis saying, “LGBTQ Americans can hold their heads up today and know that our voices will always triumph over discrimination.”
“This is a victory for all of us who raised our collective voices against the discriminatory ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The FDA’s decision to lower the deferral period on men who have sex with men from 12 months to 3 months is a step towards being more in line with science, but remains imperfect. We will keep fighting until the deferral period is lifted and gay and bi men, and all LGBTQ people, are treated equal to others.“
Anthony Michael Kreis, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law tells NCRM, “I’m glad that the FDA has liberalized their policy, but it does not really address the concerns about the stigma of blood donations and sexual orientation. Is there a good public health justification for excluding HIV-negative men in monogamous same-sex relationships? Is there a science-based rationale for excluding gay and bisexual men who are HIV-negative and using PrEP? These are important questions that need to be answered in the coming weeks because each raise significant questions about what’s driving this policy— the fit seems to be overbroad and, as a consequence, needlessly stigma-perpetuating.”
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