Harry Reid Calls Justice Scalia 'Racist' After His Remarks On Affirmitive Action

Chance Moschell

The Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia "racist" after the justice made controversial comments about African Americans.

Justice Scalia made the controversial comments during an oral argument on affirmative action. The case that the Supreme Court is hearing is Fisher v. Texas, a case that the Court has already heard once before.

The petitioner in the case is Abigail Fisher, who is alleging the University of Texas at Austin discriminated against her based on her race. Ms. Fisher is white, and believes that she was not admitted into UT because of her skin color.

"If this Court rules that the University of Texas can't consider race, or if it rules that universities that consider race have to die a death of a thousand cuts for doing so, we know exactly what's going to happen."
"... those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school — a slower-track school where they do well..."
"One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don't come from schools like the University of Texas. … They come from schools where they do not feel that they're being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them."

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) December 10, 2015

As for Fisher v Texas, the Court appears to be divided on the issue. In 2013, the Supreme Court sent Fisher v Texas back to a lower court, thereby upholding Grutter v. Bollinger, the case that found affirmative action admissions policies are constitutional. A victory for Ms. Fisher would mean the end for the Grutter v. Bollinger decision.

The move to send the case back to lower court shows that the Supreme Court justices are sharply divided on the case, according to CNN. The use of race as a factor in college admissions is already banned in several states. The National Conference of State Legislatures states that Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Washington all bar race from being used in college admissions.

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