By Scotty Reid – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead this afternoon reportedly of natural causes. Don’t expect a toxicology report or any details concerning his autopsy to be made public.
The conservative and controversial justice recently made headlines when he seemed to be ahereing to the racist pseudo-science of phrenology in his comments during litigation of the latest case to attack affirmative-action programs, this case being Fisher v. University of Texas, Scalia stated months ago that…
“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get them into the University of Texas, where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well. One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”
The problem with the race-based eugenics argument of Scalia is that he is not taking into consideration that for most of America’s history, blacks were by law prohibited from attending all-white schools public or private.
The opening on the Supreme Court comes in the last year of President Barack Obama’s second term and his second opportunity to nominate a replacement to the lifetime appointment on the highest court in the United States. Republicans in Congress could stall the confirmation process and probably will which makes the 2016 general election that much more important. Scalia’s replacement could end up being another racist ultra conservative, a liberal or a progressive.
Considering cases involving attempts to suppress the black brown and youth vote before or coming before the SCOTUS, given Scalia’s role in being a voting rights antagonist, his death could not be more timely.
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