Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia–no stranger to saying things that ring of douchebaggery–may have outdone himself during oral arguments Wednesday on a case involving affirmative action.
Scalia actually had the nerve to suggest that affirmative action hurts minority students by allowing them into schools that are too academically challenging for them.
Yes, he really said that.
As he referenced an amicus brief filed with the high court for the case, Scalia said some might think that affirmative action does not benefit African-Americans” and that perhaps they’d be far better off if they went to less advanced institutions of higher learning.
Scalia then claimed that “most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools,” and therefore it would appear that African-Americans benefit from a “slower track” academically:
“They’re being pushed into schools that are too advanced for them.”
The case before the court this term is Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin, and it was brought by a white woman who was not accepted by the university and claims that its policy of using race as a factor in its selection of students is unconstitutional.
What might this all mean if the Court rules in favor of the woman who brought the suit? Well, as Slate noted recently in an article on the case:
“The Supreme Court might destroy affirmative action because this white woman’s grades weren’t good enough.”
No doubt Justice Scalia would have no problem at all with such an outcome. This guy cannot possibly retire soon enough, can he?