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Justice Scalia's comments

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by wicked, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    These were made this week during oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas.

    "They're being pushed into schools that are too advanced for them," Scalia said of African-American students accepted under affirmative action programs.

    "Most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools," Scalia, a noted opponent of affirmative action said, according to reporters present for the case.

    Scalia: Affirmative action doesn't help 'black scientists'
  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    He's talking about kids not qualified to attend schools. I don't understand why this is controversial.

    It isn't surprising that Scalia thinks kids are better off going to "lesser" schools. Despite his credentials, he's not an elitist. He encourages young lawyers to stay away from big firms and take jobs where they can have a life at home and a place in the community.

    A friend of mine clerked for him last year, thus giving him a golden ticket to whatever New York or D.C. firm he wanted to go to, probably with a $250,000 signing bonus. He instead chose to go back home to Columbus, Ohio. I have little doubt that was Scalia's influence.
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  3. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Georgetown, Harvard law, then taught at Virginia. A regular man of the people.
  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Hence: "Despite his credentials(.)"
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    So 2015 Scalia is transported back in time to vote on Brown v. Board of Education.

    Think it goes 8-1 instead of 9-0?
  6. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Scalia is a douche but his question and statement was prompted by a study cited in a friend of the court brief on the case. The premisr is that in order to obtain "diversity", acadamic institutions are admitting students who may not be qualified for the rigours of elite, selective institutions. There are statistics that bare this out.

    another question that doesn't get play was Roberts questions 'How does a diverse classroom help students in physics'?
  7. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    He's an idiot for using the words, "slower-track school." It opened the door for people to turn the focus on his tone deafness and call him a racist.

    It doesn't mean that the actual substance of what he was saying isn't true. Affirmative action programs admit lesser qualified students, by putting race ahead of academic performance as the criteria for admittance.
  8. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    Scalia is an old coot whom they'll have to haul out of the chamber in a hearse as long as a Democrat is in the White House. (At least until after Herr Trump wins and dissolves SCOTUS by fiat.)
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Words matter, Despite all his book learning and such we're supposed to assume he didn't mean what it sounds like he said?
  10. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    No, we all know he was giddy to be able to say it out loud
  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Context matters, too.
  12. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    What exactly is it that you're saying "it sounds like he said"?
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