Breaking: Supreme Court upholds MI ban on affirmative action in college admissions

posted at 10:34 am on April 22, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

What government enacts, it can repeal, says the Supreme Court in upholding the Michigan referendum that ended affirmative action in college admissions. In a stunning 6-2 decision, Justice Steven Breyer joined the conservative jurists in ruling that while the Constitution allows states to use affirmative action for admissions, it does not require states to do so:

The justices said in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices say that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.

Breyer’s concurrence agrees that the political process has to be the final arbiter of whether to use such systems as the policy to produce diversity in admissions:

breyer-affaction

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion for Schuette v BAMN [not Clarence Thomas, as I first wrote].  Justices Antonin Scalia and Thomas in concurrence also held that the people of a state can rationally choose how to approach diversity and compliance with constitutional requirements through the normal legislative and/or referendum process:

Unlike the injuries in Mulkey, Hunter, and Seattle, the question here is not how to address or prevent injury caused on account of race but whether voters may determine whether a policy of race-based preferences should be continued. By approving Proposal 2 and there- by adding §26 to their State Constitution, Michigan voters exercised their privilege to enact laws as a basic exercise of their democratic power, bypassing public officials they deemed not responsive to their concerns about a policy of granting race-based preferences. The mandate for segregated schools, Brown v. Board of Education, 347S. 483, and scores of other examples teach that individual liberty has constitutional protection. But this Nation’s constitutional system also embraces the right of citizens to speak and debate and learn and then, as a matter of political will, to act through a lawful electoral process, as Michigan voters have done here. These precepts are not inconsistent with the well-established principle that when hurt or in- jury is inflicted on racial minorities by the encouragement or com- mand of laws or other state action, the Constitution requires redress by the courts. Such circumstances were present in Mulkey, Hunter, and Seattle, but they are not present here.  Pp. 11–18.

Scalia and Thomas also argued that in order to overturn the referendum and the will of the electorate, the result would have to have been motivated by discrimination, which in this case it “plainly” was not:

The question here, as in every case in which neutral state action is said to deny equal protection on account of race, is whether the challenged action reflects a racially discriminatory purpose.  It plainly does not. Pp. 1–18.

The big news here is the split, with Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissenting. A 5-4 or 5-3 decision would have produced an avalanche of bitter criticism, and even this still might. But Breyer’s concurrence will absorb a lot of that reaction, probably more than Thomas’ authorship of the opinion. We’ll see.

Update: The Washington Post quotes Anthony Kennedy:

Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences because they deemed them unwise.

Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court’s prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results.

Sotomayor read her dissent aloud in the court, usually a sign of significant displeasure with the result. At 58 pages, her dissent went longer than the opinion and the concurrences combined.

Update: Misread the opinion citations; Kennedy authored the main opinion, Scalia and Thomas wrote a concurrence. I’ve fixed it above.


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Lib heads exploding on the politico thread

Heh

cmsinaz on April 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Where are our trolls? Somebody has to call us all racists!

VegasRick on April 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

If you want to know what Amnesty means for Republicans (and the country)-take Sotomayor and multiply by 12 million.

MaiDee on April 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Ah, so if I’m hearing the left correctly, I’m a racist because I happened to be born white, and dare to want NO institutionalized, mandated discrimination against ANY person of ANY race? That makes me a racist?

Ok. Sure.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Where are our trolls? Somebody has to call us all racists!

VegasRick on April 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

A better question is whether any Republican politician or candidate will voice their support for this decision.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Ah, so if I’m hearing the left correctly, I’m a racist because I happened to be born white, and dare to want NO institutionalized, mandated discrimination against ANY person of ANY race? That makes me a racist?

Actually, that makes you a double racist.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Ah, so if I’m hearing the left correctly, I’m a racist because I happened to be born white, and dare to want NO institutionalized, mandated discrimination against ANY person of ANY race? That makes me a racist?

Ok. Sure.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Of course – cuz only racists insist on judging people by the content of their character.

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Bishop!

Or something…

Galtian on April 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Indeed Vegas….

Crickets

cmsinaz on April 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

A better question is whether any Republican politician or candidate will voice their support for this decision.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I would venture a guess to say that SOME (R)’s will voice their support. The Conservative (R)’s. I would be shocked, SHOCKED to hear so much as a peep of support from the pro-amnesty GOPe crowd.

In fact, they might come out in support of the dissent.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Where are our trolls? Somebody has to call us all racists!

VegasRick on April 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Just let me know when it’s time to post more pictures of my conservative, right-wing mixed race family, K?

My collie says:

CC, can I post some pictures of the some of the mixed-breed mutts that I’ve fathered as well?

Only if they can show me their Heritage foundation membership card, collie.

CyberCipher on April 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I would venture a guess to say that SOME (R)’s will voice their support. The Conservative (R)’s. I would be shocked, SHOCKED to hear so much as a peep of support from the pro-amnesty GOPe crowd.

So let’s hear a statement from Rand Paul.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Maybe some day this will flow over to DoD, where many many small business contracts are awarded solely based on the skin color of the owner of the company.
Maybe DoD will get back to awarding small business contracts based on actual price and performance…

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Two scotards ruled for mandatory discrimination against Caucasians? I find that amazing.

Buddahpundit on April 22, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Amazingly low or amazingly high?

Tsar of Earth on April 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM

The amendments banning fruiter marriage are going to be upheld. The important part of this decision is that the Court was squarely presented with a ruling based on the equal protection clause trumping a state constitution amendment. The Court said the 14th amendment doesn’t reach that far.

More states are going to pass constitutional amendments banning faux marriage, and they will be upheld.

Also, any state could put a state constitutional amendment on almost any subject and expect it to be the last word in that state.

Fruit mafia hardest hit.

platypus on April 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Maybe some day this will flow over to DoD, where many many small business contracts are awarded solely based on the skin color of the owner of the company.
Maybe DoD will get back to awarding small business contracts based on actual price and performance…

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM

The price of AA has been in the billions or even trillions of dollars. But that’s only the start of it….

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Where are our trolls? Somebody has to call us all racists!

VegasRick on April 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Indeed-have heard nary a word out of them for some time. Wasn’t the recent open registration supposed to bring in some of the offal from DailyKooks and HuffPoo?

MisterElephant on April 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Actually, that makes you a double racist.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

HAHA, well, I am kind of a big guy, maybe I have that coming. :)

Of course – cuz only racists insist on judging people by the content of their character.

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I find all of the MLK celebrations all over the nation every year extremely ironic. Because in today’s world, if a black American were to come out and say the same things MLK did, they’d quickly be labeled an Uncle Tom and dismissed as a Republican tool.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Next up: banning affirmative action for athletes and legacy admissions?

cam2 on April 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Indeed-have heard nary a word out of them for some time. Wasn’t the recent open registration supposed to bring in some of the offal from DailyKooks and HuffPoo?

MisterElephant on April 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

You spelled aweful wrong…
;)

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I find all of the MLK celebrations all over the nation every year extremely ironic. Because in today’s world, if a black American were to come out and say the same things MLK did, they’d quickly be labeled an Uncle Tom and dismissed as a Republican tool.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Well, at least you know what streets to stay away from.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I find all of the MLK celebrations all over the nation every year extremely ironic. Because in today’s world, if a black American were to come out and say the same things MLK did, they’d quickly be labeled an Uncle Tom and dismissed as a Republican tool.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

In fact, that HAS actually happened to everyone of them – EVERY minority Republican.

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

OK…You’re all a bunch of racists…feel better…/

/ :)

PatriotRider on April 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

That was meant for VegasRick….heavy sarcasm…

PatriotRider on April 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Indeed-have heard nary a word out of them for some time. Wasn’t the recent open registration supposed to bring in some of the offal from DailyKooks and HuffPoo?

MisterElephant on April 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Not necessarily. But if you want to argue with them… you know where to find them.

thatsafactjack on April 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

The SC will now be accused of being “sexist”. If Kagan hadn’t 4ecusede herself the vote would gave been 6 (men)-3 (women).

MaiDee on April 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

In fact, that HAS actually happened to everyone of them – EVERY minority Republican.

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

That’s true, they have.

But I was thinking more hypothetically, say if MLK had been alive today, and was demonstrating in today’s America.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

The SC will now be accused of being “sexist”. If Kagan hadn’t recused herself the vote would gave been 6 (men)-3 (women).

MaiDee on April 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Next up: banning affirmative action for athletes and legacy admissions?

cam2 on April 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Who is not in favor of that.

I understand allowing athletes with lower grades, scores, etc. into a school – b/c you want their performance on your sports teams. So, there is some real quid pro quo there.

I’ve never really understood the purpose behind legacy admissions. I assume it’s so that rich alumni will give money knowing their kids can get in no matter what.

Monkeytoe on April 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

The “wise Latina” dissented?

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM

People who consider, and refer to, themselves as something other than American first, usually do.

Dusty on April 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Where are our trolls? Somebody has to call us all racists!

VegasRick on April 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Just let me know when it’s time to post more pictures of my conservative, right-wing mixed race family, K?

My collie says:

CC, can I post some pictures of the some of the mixed-breed mutts that I’ve fathered as well?

Only if they can show me their Heritage foundation membership card, collie.

CyberCipher on April 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Awesome post!

Doomsday on April 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

But I was thinking more hypothetically, say if MLK had been alive today, and was demonstrating in today’s America.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Well, since MLK was actually a registered Republican – of course HE would be called an Uncle Tom by all the race-baiting leftists.

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I’ll bet Kagan would not have “recused” herself, if she knew it was going to be a 3 to 3 tie vote, without her.

listens2glenn on April 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Holder will find a way

Department Of Agriculture

Department: Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Occupation: Management And Program Analysis
Announcement Number: NO-2014-4604

DUTIES:

Designs and conducts comprehensive management studies affecting Civil Rights. Develops and maintains system database for Civil Rights-related program area management. Reviews and analyzes new program structures to determine vulnerabilities and evaluate internal and external controls. Develops methods to insure that Civil Rights program standards, complaint statistical reporting, Congressional inquiry procedures and guidelines are clearly understood. Develops and prepares a variety of reports related to Civil Rights. Develops training materials for Civil Rights. Develops minority outreach materials for programs such as Limited English Proficiency (LEP), 1890 Cooperative Agreements, and Native American activities.

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

That was meant for VegasRick….heavy sarcasm…

PatriotRider on April 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Thank you PR! I can now give my Thai wife and our boys a kiss and head to work feeling normal.

VegasRick on April 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Good decision that upholds a perfectly reasonable ban, but the truth is that AA programs at public universities clearly violate the equal protection clause of the 14A and it is outrageous that the Court has allowed them to continue.

DisneyFan on April 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

while the Constitution allows states to use affirmative action for admissions

Bu!!$hit. Affirmative Action makes a mockery of the “equal protection” clause minority victim groups are so fond of.

melle1228 on April 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I find all of the MLK celebrations all over the nation every year extremely ironic. Because in today’s world, if a black American were to come out and say the same things MLK did, they’d quickly be labeled an Uncle Tom and dismissed as a Republican tool.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Actually I found the Civil Rights summit held at the LBJ library more ironic. The man was a HUGE racist.

melle1228 on April 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Sotomayor is severely mentally ill, and unfit to sit on the Supreme Court.

Pork-Chop on April 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Actually I found the Civil Rights summit held at the LBJ library more ironic. The man was a HUGE racist.

melle1228 on April 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

SO true. And that’s funny you say that. My wife and I said the same thing when we saw Oblahblah bloviating there.

The irony there displays the truth. It’s not about equality, or civil rights or anything of the sort. It’s about furthering the leftist agenda.

They are juuust fine with having that event at the LBJ library, knowing he was a CRAZY racist, they don’t care because they all know he was a “good liberal”, and did a lot to further the cause, everything else is secondary.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Sotomayor is severely mentally ill, and unfit to sit on the Supreme Court.

Pork-Chop on April 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I heard she had empathy or something. /s

rhombus on April 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

The SC will now be accused of being “sexist”. If Kagan hadn’t recused herself the vote would gave been 6 (men)-3 (women).

MaiDee on April 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Wait for the contraception mandate. That really should be 9-0, but I think the libs will at least get the hags Kagan and Ginsburg. I think the good guys will have five for sure. I’d really like to see Breyer make it 6-3, but the the feminazis would have a fit. I’m hoping Sotomayor can’t bring herself to dump on the little sisters of the poor.

Anyway, I think that’s the case to watch for the voting.

BuckeyeSam on April 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Breyer suddenly remembers that tar is pretty gooey stuff, and he’s allergic to feathers.

“better get this one right….the natives are getting tired of my liberal bullshit”

BobMbx on April 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Monkeytoe on April 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Why should ability to contribute to a sports team matter any more than contributing to the diversity of the student body? Neither have any bearing on academics. To be fair, everyone’s admission should be based solely on grades and test scores.

cam2 on April 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Breyer’s vote is huge. It pretty much takes away the narrative the MSM would have teed up – i.e. ‘the neanderthal conservatives voted to deny blacks a seat at the table, and embarrassed America again today…”

His vote pretty much takes that club out of their hands, although they will know doubt take a few swings anyway.

forheremenaremen on April 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

California saw its minority graduation rate skyrocket once they got rid of AA for college admissions. Telling a student who would have done fine at Cal State that they are Stanford material just produces a Stanford dropout.

Sekhmet on April 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Sotomayor read her dissent aloud in the court, usually a sign of significant displeasure with the result. At 58 pages, her dissent went longer than the opinion and the concurrences combined.

Evidently the ‘wise Latina’ was throwing a hissy fit.

GarandFan on April 22, 2014 at 12:19 PM

As putrid, vile and blindingly hypocritical as ALL Demoncrats are, you have to admire how logical their social control policies are.

You are a hateful racist if the race of a person is not the one and only consideration when deciding to allow that person entry or membership to a specific club or school. Makes perfect sense to me.

acetylene420 on April 22, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Yep, I knew all the HA racists would be here celebrating this ignorant decision.

How can you rednecks honestly expect African-Americans to achieve the same success and grades of the white students? Do white students in America suffer from a legacy of slavery? Have American white students suffered through Jim Crow and segregation? You take a man who has been hamstringed by his own country and expect him to compete with men who have been pampered and honored since birth? …and then you question his “work ethic” and “abilities”?!

White society can never repay the debt we owe to African-Americans. Never. American whites created slavery and their bill has come due…with interest. Whites in American must (by force if necessary) sacrifice some of their privileged advantages and do everything it takes to guarantee the wealth, health and happiness of every single African-American in our country, regardless of the victim’s so-called “attitudes, priorities and behavior”…they’ve earned it and we it owe to them.

Frank Lib on April 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

“Affirmative Action” was coined by John F. Kennedy. His notion was that since the black community had experienced less opportunity, both in terms of education and employment, that society should make an effort to bring opportunity up to an even level for everyone, both in education and employment. This notion was expanded to include minorities of any stripe.

That “Affirmative Action” should be interpreted as giving ‘minorities’ preferential treatment in terms of admissions and hiring, particularly in perpetuity, was never the goal.

Laws were passed forbidding discrimination based on race, creed, ethnicity, gender… and, incidentally… age… and these laws were intended to level the field for all applicants.

This should have sufficed.

However, it is human nature, the shabbier side of human nature, granted, to take advantage of every opportunity, even exploiting one’s fellow citizens, fostering grievance and racism, in order to advance oneself beyond one’s own merit. Hence, the race baiters, the grievance mongers, the users and abusers, were spawned. These opportunists have succeeded for five decades in taking advantage of their fellow citizens and have fostered resentment, pain, and racism in order to accomplish their personal ambitions.

An entire industry has sprung up in the wake of the victory of the Civil Rights movement…and people like Holder and Sotomayer, Sharpton and Jackson, Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee, are still milking it for all they can get out of it. They should be ashamed, but more importantly, they should realize their thinking is long outmoded.

Fifty years of handouts and preference has seen those who actually were victims of discrimination in education and/or hiring retired. Time to draw a curtain on the institutionalized racism that is “Affirmative Action”… and an end to the careers of parasites and racists who long to see it perpetuated.

thatsafactjack on April 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Do white students in America suffer from a legacy of slavery?

Well, yeah….where do you think the term “slave” comes from? ;)

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

This goes back to the 1980′s. In 1986, it was common knowledge around the U of M that minorities were given high preference in admission to the UM Law School. In fact rumor had it that the Dean of the school couldn’t get his own son in.

A student who was turned down for admission, although her qualifications were better than some of those admitted, sued. It went to SCOTUS.

SCOTUS upheld race-based admissions which angered the populace of Michigan, which had seen the blatant discrimination evident in public sector hiring. They passed the amendment.

And now it’s been upheld.

It seems that the best way to end racial discrimination is to stop discriminating based on race.

Daisy_WI on April 22, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Frank Lib on April 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Nice tongue and cheek job. Too many platitudes to be real though.

jmtham156 on April 22, 2014 at 12:27 PM

I’ll bet Kagan would not have “recused” herself, if she knew it was going to be a 3 to 3 tie vote, without her.

listens2glenn on April 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Wasn’t her reason for recusing herself the same reason she SHOULD have recused herself from the 0bamacare case?

CurtZHP on April 22, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Frank Lib on April 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

There is no way you aren’t a troll.

DisneyFan on April 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

A very good decision indeed! Sotomayor, the unwise Latina, can go pound sand

Whitey Ford on April 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Whites in American must (by force if necessary) sacrifice some of their privileged advantages and do everything it takes to guarantee the wealth, health and happiness of every single African-American in our country, regardless of the victim’s so-called “attitudes, priorities and behavior”…they’ve earned it and we it owe to them.

Frank Lib on April 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Bishop’s stepbro, you forgot that the blacks need to be made superior for the next xxxxx years.

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

The media is always crying for ‘Bipartisanship’.

Well, here you go. You got your wish. Of course, don’t expect it to be reported as such.

I just read AP’s news story about this, and the courageous wise latina gets heavy play in paras 2-3. There is zero mention that Breyer is a liberal, appointed by a Democratic president.

forheremenaremen on April 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Frank Lib is a little race pimp clown …

Whitey Ford on April 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Bishop’s stepbro, you forgot that the blacks need to be made superior for the next xxxxx years.

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Not just that, he forgot to argue in favor of “restorative justice” in the form of polar bear hunting, etc.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

…they’ve earned it and we it owe to them.

Frank Lib on April 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Funny. That’s not what God says. Gods says that the only that each one of us (whites, blacks, asians, native Americans, pacific islanders, and all the rest) is owed is DEATH. We deserve it because of our sin. And there are NO exceptions. Tell me, champ, what could POSSIBLY BE more fair than THAT?

My collie says:

I want to know what color Frank Lib is. And more importantly, I want to know what color his mate is.

How about is champ? Are you up to collie’s challenge? What color are you? What color is your wife?

CyberCipher on April 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Good for the SCOTUS.

Thanks to Sotomayor for proving what I said about her so many years ago that got Ed in all that hot water:

She an incompetent, racist, gender bigot and socialist.

dogsoldier on April 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Don’t feed the trolls

dogsoldier on April 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Now let’s get started on reparations for the 40-50 years of institutionalized discrimination…

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I consider the wealth destroyed and/or redistributed during the last 5 years as such. I know as soon as it was apparent 0gabe would be elected, my investments dropped 50%. Yours probably did too. I consider the debt I didn’t incur, repaid.

freedomfirst on April 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Good afternoon, Paladin. :)

A landmark day for equality opportunity in education Michigan. They now have the opportunity to institute a more challenging curriculum, rather than pander to students who are in over their heads, need remedial education and tutors to keep up, having been selected for reasons other than academic qualifications.

thatsafactjack on April 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Why should ability to contribute to a sports team matter any more than contributing to the diversity of the student body? Neither have any bearing on academics. To be fair, everyone’s admission should be based solely on grades and test scores.

cam2 on April 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

True.
OTOH – Why don’t we just make what’s really happening official? Let the athletes who are there really only to become professional athletes get a degree in what they’re doing – BA in Football, BA in Basketball, etc.
He11, they have degree programs for “performing arts” – other people who plan to do nothing more than become entertainers, just like the athletes. So why not sports degrees?

Then we can be up front about basing their admission into the school on their athletic skills. That’s what’s happening now, but they try to hide it to some degree. Why make them take other courses for some other “accepted” degree program, when they likely have no interest or aptitude in those courses. And what’s it matter, if all they plan to do is go play a sport for a few years – and become millionnaires doing so?

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

She an incompetent, racist, gender bigot and socialist.

dogsoldier on April 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Quit riding the fence.

jmtham156 on April 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Frank Lib on April 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Let the games begin!

Show me a young black person in this nation today that was a slave.

Show me a young black person’s mother or one of his 10 possible fathers that were a slave.

Show me a young black person’s grandmother or grandfather that was a slave.

There IS NO “legacy of slavery”, that exists today. Except in the case of some of the race baiting leftists and people who attempt to use slavery as a means to get what they want from politicians and government.

Last I checked, I have never owned a slave. My parents and grand parents have never owned a slave. Past that, they’re all dead and gone, and part of history. I am not required to pay ANY price of ANY KIND for what my ancestors may or may not have done. NO ONE alive today has “earned” ANY kind of reparations FROM ME.

And just to add, you are aware that you’re out here shilling for the DimocRat party, the party of the KKK, the party that stood in opposition to abolishing slavery, the party that opposed the Civil Rights Act…right?

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Frank Lib on April 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Nice tongue and cheek job. Too many platitudes to be real though.

jmtham156 on April 22, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Frank – you let one get away….

Frank Lib is a little race pimp clown …

Whitey Ford on April 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

There ya go Frank – got one hooked – give him a little line…..

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Quit riding the fence.

jmtham156 on April 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

ROFL! Very nicely done.

dogsoldier on April 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I won’t know what to Think on this topic, until I listen to
Melissa Harris Perry…with tampons……

ToddPA on April 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Frank Lib on April 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

There is no way you aren’t a troll.

DisneyFan on April 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Dial it back a bit, Frank. This fish is interested, but senses something odd about the bait.

BobMbx on April 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

CyberCipher on April 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Caught a couple more Frank.
What’s the daily bag limit, BTW?

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

BobMbx on April 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

LOL, sorry, I had to get my rant out. Frank was the dart board, troll or not.

I’ll ignore him from here on out.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

So, let me get this straight. Elena Kagan can recuse herself from this decision, even though the author of this article clearly states “It’s unknown precisely why she stepped aside”. But, during the Obamacare deliberations, a case in which she clearly had a direct involvement and personal interest, recusal never entered the picture. Just think, this unprincipled boob probably has DECADES left in her Supreme court career to pull these kind of shenanigans

bruntdog on April 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

LOL, sorry, I had to get my rant out. Frank was the dart board, troll or not.
I’ll ignore him from here on out.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

No need to ignore him – he’s got some good stuff – and you caught all of his best snarky points.
Or should I say, they caught you?
;)

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I won’t know what to Think on this topic, until I listen to
Melissa Harris Perry…with tampons……

ToddPA on April 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

The earrings were nice, but somewhat passé. Body piercings and tattoos are all the rage these days.

My collie says:

Perhaps Melissa should consider stuffing a nose-piercing with a tampon.

I don’t know collie. I once told my general practitioner that I thought all members of the AMA should wear a bone through their nose, wear a grass skirt, and dance around an open-pit fire before they hand out a new prescription. He took exception.

My collie says:

What did he say?

It can’t be printed on a family oriented web-site, collie.

CyberCipher on April 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

My apologies on my previous comment. I just finishe reading the Politico article about this decision and was referring to that. WhenI made reference to the author’s assertion.

bruntdog on April 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Sotomayor read her dissent aloud in the court, usually a sign of significant displeasure with the result.

Quit your whining. Your whole life has been one AA pass after another. If you hadn’t been one of the preferred pets, you’d be unqualified to work at a holiday inn. It’s clear you have no understanding or appreciation of the voters rights.

FlaVet on April 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Frank Lib on April 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Outstanding post. Too many whiteys just can’t conceive of how difficult the “Black Experience” must be in this country.

arnold ziffel on April 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

If you’re a cracka – you must pay for the sins of your great great grandfathers, and beyond – even if they were not slave owners.

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Whites in American must (by force if necessary) sacrifice some of their privileged advantages

Come at me, brah!!

acetylene420 on April 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

As is always the case at SCOTUS, the liberal justices’ ruling (in this case, thankfully, a dissent) chills me to the bone.

How can anyone, with a straight face, argue Michigan doesn’t have the right to exclude basing admission to its schools on race?

Whatever they need the law to be at a given moment to further their ideological aims.

Obama’s crew allegedly browbeat John Roberts into upholding Obamacare by threatening that the court would be rendered irrelevant among the American people if he ruled differently. I think that day is coming soon anyway.

FishingwFredo on April 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

If you’re a cracka – you must pay for the sins of your great great grandfathers, and beyond – even if they were not slave owners.

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

All I can say to that is, they’re free to come and try to collect it.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

You know who else opposed the Civil Rights Act? Barry Goldwater and William F Buckley.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

You know who else opposed the Civil Rights Act? Barry Goldwater and William F Buckley.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

My collie says:

I’ve long suspected that Barry and Bill were too damn liberal for my tastes.

CyberCipher on April 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

That day is today in Michigan

J_Crater on April 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

You know who else opposed the Civil Rights Act? Barry Goldwater and William F Buckley.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I don’t know if that was the case or not. But regardless, they are both dead and unable to impact my life. The DimocRat party is still alive and IS able to impact my life. And in very negative ways.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Sorry for the reversed quote thing there, hate when I forget the end tag. :(

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:58 PM

That day is today in Michigan

J_Crater on April 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

My collie says:

You forget to mention that Martin Luther King Jr. was a registered Republican.

Collie, I didn’t know that you were a fan of the Scanner movies.

CyberCipher on April 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Good ruling. Race is just a social construct anyway.

Basement Dweller on April 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Frank Lib on April 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

That’s a pretty good “reparations are a moral necessity” speech right there. Not sure if your being facetious or serious, but…

ah, well, I know more than a few black people who are kicking the entire “reparations are due” narrative to the curb. They’re tired of waiting for what they now are convinced will never come. They aren’t willing to impose the limitations of waiting on their children and grandchildren. They’re determined to find a way to succeed on their own.

I have the greatest of respect for them. They’re swimming against the cultural current. Shows a lot of courage and conviction, IMO.

lineholder on April 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

If they would be academically ineligible for admission, they shouldn’t be admitted to college. Period. Let the NFL and NBA pay for their own minor leagues to train these athletes instead of taking up college spots that could go to someone who actually wants an education!

cam2 on April 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Afternoon, J. – good to see you surface.

MI leads the way – if she replaces Levin many leftist thugs’ heads will pulverize.

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

You know who else opposed the Civil Rights Act? Barry Goldwater and William F Buckley.

vlad martel on April 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Very interesting that Hillary Rodham was a “Goldwater Girl” in 1964…

ladyingray on April 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM

All I can say to that is, they’re free to come and try to collect it.

Meople on April 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

I keep my slave reparation money in the gun safe – just to make it easier for them to take my guns and money at the same time, of course…..

dentarthurdent on April 22, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Dividers of the land:

obama, both
Jackson
Sharpton
MSNBC
Sotomayor
Jeb Bush
Boehner
Rubio
Cantor
Commerce

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Good ruling. Race is just a social construct anyway.

Basement Dweller on April 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Exactly. And if all those Democrats that worship at the alter of “Science” actually knew anything about Spencer Wells work on genetics and the DNA code, they would realize that the mean differences between the races is FAR LESS statistically significant than the variations WITHIN ANY race. We were all spawned from the same small tribe of humans. Somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 years ago, according to the experts.

CyberCipher on April 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Gosh, forgot Holder and the Reverend White and the Black Panthers.

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM

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