Sotomayor, Roberts Clash Over Race

, The National Law Journal


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's sharp dissent in last week's affirmative action ruling marked a new phase in her tenure even as it exposed a simmering rift between her and Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.

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  • Rawhide

    Only Lewis Carrol or the most cynical could find that a law that says "Thou shall not discriminate" is really an act of discrimination. Respectfully, what justice Sotomayor is really saying is she thinks affirmative action should be legalized. The problem with affirmative action is that well intentioned though it may be, it is too easy to slip into a quota system by those with an agenda. Better to simply end discrimination once and for all

  • ColorBlindJustice

    No one is "wishing away" lingering racism, Justice Sotomayor. We‘re wishing away a well-intentioned but ultimately pernicious system of racial spoils that for nearly 50 years has done nothing but infantilize minority populations with the soft bigotry of ever lower expectations.

    If "diversity" on college campuses is as important as some on the left claim it is, then they ought to be leading an aggressive, multipronged public policy approach to dramatically reduce the catastophically self-dooming out-of-wedlock birthrates among blacks and Hispanics.

    Single-parent children are much more likely to grow up in poverty where Dr. Seuss books and other educational resources don‘t exist. Thus the children of married two-parent families will always and quite naturally have an advantage over their single-parent peers. And rather than quixotically seeking to mitigate that inexorable and unalterable fact, public policy should embrace it and revolve around it. The blame for minority failures, academic and otherwise, rests with no one more so than with the irresponsible single parents whose actions preordain such failure.

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