racial entitlement argument

Scalia’s Racial Entitlement Argument Reveals Ugly Truths, But No Surprises

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s racial entitlement argument has caused a bit of debate as the judge said out loud what many Americans in a very racially divided country don’t — that certain considerations given minorities are essentially unfair to white folk.

That Scalia’s racial entitlement argument was even made in and of itself is not shocking — the most recent election revealed a country still heavily divided among race lines. Much campaign rhetoric centered around whether Barack Obama’s supporters were able to stage an essential coup in luring poor, and often black or Hispanic, voters with “free gifts” such as healthcare, SNAP benefits and other “goodies” to give them a competitive edge over hard-working white people.

Seeing the racial entitlement argument filter into the Supreme Court is not unexpected after the toxic debate permeated media and the voting booth — and even in concession, Romney went down fighting the fight of the oppressed white man.

Also at issue in the most recent election, preceding Scalia’s racial entitlement article, was the relative ease of voting for middle-class and often white voters versus their possibly poorer, possibly blacker counterparts. And indeed, it emerged troublingly that the GOP has no moral qualms about working to make voting a more difficult to access right among socio-economically challenged folk in order to win elections.

In discussion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Scalia’s racial entitlement argument was made, with the justice opining:

“Now, I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this. I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”

Scalia’s vague assertion that “it’s been written about” (by whom, how, and in what context were not, of course, elaborated upon) are only the start of questions one might ask about the pervasive racial entitlements to which he refers.