Taken from an article at Talking Points Memo:
"In the oral arguments Wednesday for a Supreme Court affirmative action case, Justice Antonin Scalia--a well known critic of affirmative action--suggested that the policy was hurting minority students by sending them to schools too academically challenging for them,
Referencing an unidentified amicus brief, Scalia said that there were people who would contend that '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.'
He argued 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--that they're being pushed ahead in--in classes that are too--too fast for them,' Scalia said."
what eye thynk: Excuse me, but: WTF?!
To hear words like this coming from a man in his position of power is shameful in the extreme. The fact that he utters them with unambiguous conviction defames the reputation of the entire Court. I wish there was footage of the look on Clarence Thomas' face when Scalia uttered this garbage.
Mr. Scalia's obvious belief in the intellectual superiority of the white race is an anachronism that morally advanced people--of every race--turned their backs on centuries ago.
This case originated with a spoiled white girl in Texas who, because she didn't graduate in the top ten percent of her high school class (which, in Texas, guarantees admission to any state university) was put in the general pool of applicants to the University of Texas and then didn't make the cut.
Maybe the university felt she just wasn't up to the intellectual rigours of an elite school. Perhaps they felt she would do better at "a less-advanced school, a less--a slower-track school."
Maybe the next Barack Obama or Neil deGrasse Tyson was accepted instead.