Category Archives: Supreme Court

High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president’s power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President Barack Obama. The high court’s first case involving the Constitution’s recess appointments clause ended in a unanimous decision holding that Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations […]

How Supreme Court rulings encourage racial discrimination

Recent events have driven home two stark truths: racism continues to percolate throughout our society and conservative Supreme Court justices appear determined to prevent us from doing anything about it. The odious racism of outlaw Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is painfully juxtaposed with the Supreme Court’s decision in […]

Clarence Thomas’ Self-Inflicted Amnesia

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is at it again. Whenever he opens his mouth about race, he displays a surprising myopia for a 65-year-old African American man who was raised in the Deep South during a segregated era. During his confirmation hearing, Thomas excoriated his own family, speaking of his sister as someone (and I […]

Scalia: Amendment protects all, not ‘only the blacks’

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said the post-Civil War 14th Amendment protects everyone — not “only the blacks” — during a racially charged debate on affirmative action Tuesday. The high court appeared poised to uphold a Michigan voter initiative that would ban race as a consideration for college admission. Scalia took the already-heated argument to […]

High court weighs Mich. ban on affirmative action

After the Supreme Court ruled a decade ago that race could be a factor in college admissions in a Michigan case, affirmative action opponents persuaded the state’s voters to outlaw any consideration of race. Now, the high court is weighing whether that change to Michigan’s constitution is itself discriminatory. It is a proposition that even […]

Blacks View Supreme Court Less Favorably Since End-of-Term Rulings

Favorability among African-Americans of the U.S. Supreme Court has fallen from 61 percent to 44 percent, according to a Pew Research Center July survey, following the high court’s end-of-term rulings. In March 2013, African-Americans were the most favorable of the Supreme Court compared to other racial groups. That month 24 percent of Blacks surveyed were […]

Clarence Thomas: The Anti-Thurgood Marshall

Billy Corriher – As unlikely as it seems in light of the Supreme Court’s recent civil rights decisions, the late Justice Thurgood Marshall and Justice Clarence Thomas do have a few things in common. Most obviously, they are the only two African Americans to have served as justices on the U.S. Supreme Court—Justice Marshall from […]

The Roberts Court, the New Tip of an Old Iceberg

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III – “I think it (reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act) is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement…Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political process.” Justice Antonin Scalia Shelby County v. […]