US Justice Antonin Scalia has suggested sending African American students to “less-advanced schools” that are on “slower tracks.”
Scalia’s remarks, made during a Supreme Court session on Wednesday, surprised the African American community.
He made the comments while speaking at the court session in regard to a case concerning the admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin, dubbed Fisher v. University of Texas.
US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans 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 slower-track school where they do well,” Scalia said. “One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don't come from schools like the University of Texas.”
The country’s African American scientists went to “lesser schools,” he argued, because in those places “they do not feel that they're being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”Supreme Court hears affirmative action case. What do Americans think? - CSMonitor.com
The US Supreme Court is considering, for the second time, a white Texan's case against affirmative action in college admissions decisions.Yale professor resigns: Can 'civil dialogue' share space with student rage? - Yahoo News
The plaintiff, Abigail Fisher, contends she was rejected by the University of Texas' flagship campus in Austin because Hispanic and black students were admitted, instead of her, on the basis of race rather than grades. The majority-conservative high court is believed to be considering whether to cut back, or end entirely, the basis of race in higher education admissions decisions at public institutions.
Affirmative action is largely unsupported by conservatives, but the majority of Americans do support it, according to recent research that underscores how politicized the issue is.
The depth of these students’ anger and frustration has stunned many administrators and professors. And in public reactions, these students often have been characterized as “coddled,” naive, and perhaps even dangerous “social justice warriors” bent on bringing down the hallowed traditions of open debate, a bedrock principle in the European West.Yet while such student demands have been dismissed as a banal “political correctness” run amok, the current cultural clashes on campus have actually brought a more nuanced and even “open” discussion of the experiences of black Americans throughout history – including their pain and anger at forgotten, or glossed over, horrors that reverberate to the present day.“The rage has always been there,” says Randal Jelks, professor of African American studies at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. “Let’s call it what it is. In America, it’s always been there – it’s lied under the surface, and students are pulling the covers back, that’s all.”