SUPREME HYPOCRITE: Clarence Thomas denies others the opportunities he used to get to the Supreme Court
Thomas benefited from race-based programs before voting to deny others the same opportunities.
“The Supreme Court effectively struck down affirmative action, outlawing race-conscious admissions and overturning nearly 50 years of precedent… Thomas, who went to college in the late 1960s, was part of the first generation of Black Americans who came of age in the affirmative action era… NY Times uncovered the whole truth in 1991: Yale did evaluate Black applicants like Thomas separately, and they did get special consideration.”
“Hypocrite – a person who pretends to have beliefs that they do not actually possess – especially a person whose actions do not reflect those stated beliefs.” – Dictionary
“The Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. On September 4, 1957, the first day of classes at Central High, Governor Orval Faubus called in the Arkansas National Guard to block the Black students’ entry into the high school. The Little Rock Nine were a group of nine Black students who enrolled at formerly all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in September 1957. Later that month, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in federal troops to escort the Little Rock Nine into the school. It drew national attention to the civil rights movement.” – History
Thomas gets into Yale
“Judge Clarence Thomas, who came to prominence as a fierce black critic of racial preference programs, was admitted to Yale Law School under an explicit affirmative action plan with the goal of having blacks and other minority members make up about 10 percent of the entering class, university officials said.
Under the program, which was adopted in 1971, the year Judge Thomas applied, blacks and some Hispanic applicants were evaluated differently from whites, the officials said.” – NY Times
GOP-packed Supreme Court rolls back decades of progress
“This decision will entrench racial segregation in higher education because racial inequality will persist so long as it is ignored
Today this Court stands in the way and rolls back decades of precedent and momentous progress
The decision “cements a superficial rule of colorblindness as a constitutional principle in an endemically segregated society
Race has always mattered and continues to matter.
It subverts the constitutional guarantee of equal protection
Further entrenching racial inequality in education, the very foundation of our democratic government and pluralistic society”
Wrote Justice Sotomayor – NY Times
TakeAway: Elections have consequences: Vote for Democrats to get justices we can respect and trust to be fair.
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Clarence Thomas Benefited From Race-Based Preferences Throughout His Career – SLATE
The devastating impact of this decision cannot be overstated says Sotomayor – NY Times
Did Clarence Thomas Benefit From Affirmative Action He Just Struck Down? – Newsweek
On Thomas’s Climb, Ambivalence About Issue of Affirmative Action – NY Times
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