Category Archives: Supreme Court

Justice Scalia’s Replacement: With Voting Rights And Affirmative Action At Stake, Black Activists Urge Swift Confirmation

For the African-American community, there is potentially a lot riding on President Barack Obama’s decision on who fills the seat of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly Saturday. Such a choice is seen as one of the president’s last opportunities to cement his legacy as the first black commander-in-chief amid constant obstruction… Read More »

Black Leaders In Congress Condemn Antonin Scalia’s Comments On Race

African-American leaders in Congress sharply condemned Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Thursday for his remarks questioning the intelligence level of black students. “His suggestion that African Americans would fare better at schools that are ‘less advanced’ or on a ‘slow-track’ reminds me of the kind of prejudice that led to separate and unequal school systems… Read More »

When Is It Constitutional to Purge Black Jurors?

“I don’t think it was unfair,” James K. Batson told the Louisville Courier-Journal in 2005. “It was unfair.” Batson was remembering his 1982 state-court trial for burglary and receiving stolen property. The prosecution used “peremptory strikes” to remove four names from the list of possible jurors. These were the only four who, like Batson, were… Read More »

Supreme Court Will Re-Hear Texas Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education. The justices said they will hear for a second time the case of a white woman who was denied… Read More »

Supreme Court upholds housing discrimination law

A deeply divided Supreme Court delivered an unexpected reprieve to civil rights groups on Thursday, ruling that housing discrimination need not be intentional in order to be illegal. The justices said people objecting to lending, zoning, sales and rental practices only need to show that they had a disparate impact on blacks or other minorities… Read More »