Justice Antonin Scalia Says Black Students Do Better At Slower Tracked Schools

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia greets participants at a constitutional law symposium where he delivered a talk called “Interpreting the Constitution: A View From the High Court," Friday, March 14, 2014, in Atlanta. Scalia said the U.S. Constitution is a living document and provides a flexible legal system. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
 (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Justice Antonin Scalia, an associate Justice of the Supreme Court, made some disturbing remarks during oral arguments of the Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin. In his statements, Justice Scalia implied that Blacks might do better at slower tracked schools.

“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,” Scalia said, “as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school … a slower-track school where they do well.”

He also went to say most Black comes from lesser schools that do not push them, therefore they do not do as well in these “more advanced” institutions.

Initially the case started when challenger, Abigail Fisher,  was denied admittance to the University of Texas. When denied admittance for not being within the top 10%  of her class, which is one of the requirements, Fisher, who is white, felt that the university’s practice of affirmative action, in an attempt at diversity, was unconstitutional. This is the second time Fisher’s case is being presented to Supreme Court.

In light of the many race issues in the news, Scalia’s remark has made many wonder why he is on the bench.


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