African American students want to decide for themselves whether to attend that school if they are fortunate enough to be admitted. Expert research has long discredited the exclusionary idea driving Justice Scalia's comments. Over the past several days, much of the nation has rejected the idea as well.
There's always been this rhetoric that people of color who are accepted into these schools are accepted because of their skin color due to Affirmative Action.
Few doctrines have a worse reputation among conservatives than "substantive due process" -- the idea that the Constitution's guarantee of "due process of law" imposes inherent limits on the exercise of government power.
Until today, California courts had been the final word on the "laws of your state," in other words what California law said on matters of contracts and contract interpretation specifically citing California law. In siding with DIRECTV against my nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog and our legal team, SCOTUS threw that standard out the window.
I don't dismiss the arguments put forth by Evenwel -- far from it. Is it in keeping with the constitutional values of America to have the presence of undocumented immigrants in urban areas, for example, dilute the vote of rural voters?
It is clear that race may be considered in police profiling, stop and frisk practices, housing discrimination, bias crimes, locating pollution-emitting municipal facilities, but we are miraculously color blind when considering opportunity.
In November, an appeals court stopped the Obama Administration from implementing its executive actions on immigration. This is a volatile issue, to be sure, but it's hard to see the court's reasoning as anything but disingenuous.
We have to begin to get honest about what it means when a Supreme Court Justice makes statements such as the above. It means he truly has not accepted race, and its deep-rooted effects on the America we see today.
For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.
Justice Scalia should know better; if nothing other than judicial temperament could guide him, he should know that a wise judge must think twice before opening his mouth to say something really stupid and highly prejudicial in front of the parties arguing their case before him.
Like a lot of veterans--or old fogies, take your pick--of the political uprisings of the late 60s and early 70s, I've watched the growth of the new college protest movement with avid interest. I was heartened by the determined young activists who stood up to entrenched racism at the University of Missouri.
As you start thinking about whom you'd seat in the Oval Office, remember that his or her achievements will be long forgotten while the people they elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court will still be on the bench, making decisions that will directly affect the lives of our children and grandchildren.
If you didn't like the way the CEO class used their huge political donations and fleet of lobbyists to manipulate the economic rules last time, wait until you see what they've cooked up now.
By Catherine Bauknight The Hawaii Supreme Court's decision to invalidate a permit granted to build the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on ...
The majority that wants gun control should start using Justice Scalia's own ruling to demonstrate that being conservative does not mean rejecting any and all gun control.
In a number of recent incidents across the country, black students have expressed how they continue to experience hostility because of their skin color. These students have spoken of their feelings of isolation and disempowerment.