If you have any doubt, look at responses from the Supreme Court today in regards to opening statements on the Fisher case, particularly Justice Scalia’s. Typically, on here I discuss systemic issues. This means larger issues that are typically hidden behind the scenes by the “I’m not —ist” myth or through backhanded comments that take a lot of ignorance to accept as fact and not actually about the particular systemic issue.
Justice Scalia’s comments are none of that. They are open, up front, flat out racism. In case you missed it, here is what he said:
“it does not benefit African-Americans to — 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 less — a slower-track school where they do well.”
In this single statement, this gentleman who is expected to justly and adequately interpret whether the laws of the land are constitutional or not openly stated his belief that African-Americans are not as bright as other students. If you want to understand why Affirmative Action still exists, it is because of this. It is because even though African-American students with similar backgrounds (trying to rule out other intersections of identity) have been proven to be as smart as counterparts from any other race, Justice Scalia, speaking from the highest court in the United States, feels it is appropriate to say something like this. When someone with such a high office/position feels that this is appropriate to say out loud and in public, recorded in a court of law no less, it frames why practices such as affirmative action not only exist but still hold necessary weight in our country. And let’s be honest, Fisher is not exactly the best representative of the arguments against affirmative action here.
I have no other words. As a United States citizen, I am embarrassed. As a higher education professional, I am disheartened. And if you agree in full or partially with the words of Anthony Scalia listed above, please do some research, some reading, some listening, and realize you are a huge part of the problem.