Affirmative action, a cause celebre for conservatives is being heard by the Supreme Court and as usual, Antonin Scalia is already pushing the decency envelop:
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" who don't do well in the schools that accept them under affirmative action, and that those students would be better off in the less advanced schools that they would have otherwise gone to.
He argued that "most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools" and that they benefit from a "slower track."
"They're being pushed into schools that are too advanced for them," Scalia said Wednesday of minority students accepted under affirmative action programs.
The case, Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin, is being brought by a white woman who was not accepted by the university and who says its policy to use race as a factor in a pool of the students it accepts is unconstitutional.
In Scalia's mind, blacks would benefit from taking a much "slower track" in education because of what, exactly?
Is Scalia a Charles Murray fan? I sure would like to know where he received his information on this because it's demeaning to say the least.
If you're not familiar with the case, Slate writes: The Supreme Court might destroy affirmative action because this white woman’s grades weren’t good enough.