Category Archives: Supreme Court

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. [...]

Voting Rights’ Decision Becomes Rallying Cry for More Diversity on the Federal Bench

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act means African Americans no longer can be casual observers of this country’s legislative process because it will shape public policies for generations to come. “Clearly, as evidenced by the Supreme Court’s ruling this week on the Voting Rights Act (VRA), [...]

Supreme Court ignores new voting rights discrimination

By gutting the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Supreme Court got some of the facts right, but failed to recognize the reality of continuing discrimination against African American voters. What the court got inarguably correct was that times have changed since the signature act of the civil rights era was passed in 1965. In the [...]

The Supreme Court Overstates Racial Progress

There is a common thread in both of the Court’s last two decisions: an appeal to illusory racial progress. In Fisher v. University of Texas Kennedy argues that it may be time to replace race-based affirmative action with another system, “Strict scrutiny imposes on the university the ultimate burden of demonstrating, before turning to racial [...]