In my previous post I predicted two of the Supreme Court’s most important decisions would result as follows: “affirmative action is further weakened and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is gutted.”
Turns out I was only half right. Affirmative action lives, but only for now and the most important provision of the Voting Rights Act, Section Five, was curb-stomped by four White conservative judges and a house slave happier than Stephen in Django Unchained.
The Supreme Court punted the affirmative action case back down to the lower court, but made it clear the policy of considering race in college admissions is hanging by the thinnest of threads. While Justice Anthony Kennedy is no fan of affirmative action, he’s not ready to provide the scissors that cuts it into shreds.
Clarence The Cruel Thomas has no such reluctance. He’s ready to hack affirmative action into bloody chunks with a machete. While the decision to return Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin to the lower appeals court was 7-1 (with Justice Elena Kagan abstaining and Ruth Bader Ginsburg objecting), Thomas concurred with the majority, but wrote a separate 20 page opinion comparing affirmative action to slavery.
“Slaveholders argued that slavery was a ‘positive good’ that civilized blacks and elevated them in every dimension of life,” Thomas wrote in a separate opinion on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. “A century later, segregationists similarly asserted that segregation was not only benign, but good for black students.”
“Following in these inauspicious footsteps, the University would have us believe that its discrimination is likewise benign. I think the lesson of history is clear enough: Racial discrimination is never benign. The University’s professed good intentions cannot excuse its outright racial discrimination any more than such intentions justified the now-denounced arguments of slaveholders and segregationists.”
“Although cloaked in good intentions, the University’s racial tinkering harms the very people it claims to be helping.
“The worst forms of racial discrimination in this nation have always been accompanied by straight-faced representations that discrimination helped minorities.”
The ULTIMATE affirmative action hire talks smack about the policy that put his incompetent ass on the Court. Pot calling kettle…
What’s the main argument against affirmative action? That it gives unqualified and unprepared Blacks an unfair advantage into jobs they would never qualify for based upon their individual merits?
Uncle Ruckus Thomas, shuffle on over!
With the case of Clarence Thomas being a notable exception. When Bush 41 put his name into nomination he said, “He was the most qualified man I could find” which was a total lie. Thomas wasn’t even the most qualified Black judge Bush could have selected. Thomas had kissed the right rings and they knew he was NEVER going to change or become an independent judge the way David Souter did.
Thomas is an AA baby right down to his toes and he got a lifetime appointment to a job he wasn’t remotely qualified for. He knows it and bitterly resents it. But Thomas has spent 22 years making sure the rest of Black America suffers for his humiliation.
“I was disappointed because what I think what the court did today is stab the Voting Rights Act of 1965 right in its very heart,” Congressman John Lewis explained to MSNBC. “It is a major setback. We may not have people being beaten today, maybe they’re not being denied the right to participate, to register to vote, they’re not being chased by police dogs or trampled by horses. But in the 11 states of the old Confederacy and even in some of the states outside of the South, there has been a systematic, deliberate attempt to take us back to another period.”
“And these men that voted to strip the Voting Rights Act of its power, they never stood in unmovable lines, they never had to pass a so-called literacy test. It took us almost a hundred years to get where we are today. So, will it take another hundred years to fix it, to change it?”
There are only eight years difference in age between Representative Lewis and Judge Thomas. There is a yawning chasm between how the two men perceive where Black Americans were regarding racism and where they are.
Say bye-bye to early voting, same-day registration, and weekend voting and say hello to more voter I.D. requirements, more polling places closed in Black and Latino neighborhoods, long waits in long lines and every other restriction Republican-run statehouses can dream up. It will start down South (and already has in Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and other states covered by Section 5), but will it be too long before it winds it way up to Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio as well?
I hope all my good liberal/progressive friends who have been LOSING THEIR SHIT for the past few weeks over the NSA domestic surveillance and the theoretical threats to liberty and democracy are equally fired up over what a conservative cabal has done to turn not the clock, but the calendar back. This is 2013, but the Court may just have decided the 2016 presidential election. Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic contender will rue the day a right-wing majority of the Court decided they were tired of racism and declared it a thing of the past. At least racism directed toward non-Whites.
My father was what Thomas thinks he is: a strong and proud Black man. He despised Thomas for his slave mentality. He wanted to take Thomas, Pat Buchanan, Robert Novak and all those other despicable right-wingers and beat all their asses with a baseball bat.
The house slave who Bush 41 selected to occupy the seat vacated by Thurgood Marshall, the iconic champion of Black progress and civil rights, continued to mock his predecessor’s legacy in joining his conservative brethren on the Court to gut Section Five and throw his own people to the tender mercies of racist Southern politicians.
I knew this ruling by the Supreme Court was coming. I fully expected how the vote would go. But I still want to beat Clarence Thomas’ punk ass with a baseball bat.
- Fisher decision proves that Clarence Thomas is the intellectual leader of the Supreme Court (redalertpolitics.com)
- Crazy Talk? Clarence Thomas Compares Affirmative Action To Slavery (1800politics.com)
- Clarence Thomas Continues His Long War on Affirmative Action (reason.com)
- Clarence Thomas: Race Traitor? (theroot.com)