I think it’s a bit of a shame that the Supreme Court had to devote time to rendering a decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) et al. I was under the impression that state-sponsored racism had fallen out of favor — as much of an anachronism as the Klan and its famous son Robert Byrd, the late Democratic superstar Senator. Nonetheless, the 2006 Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (Prop 2), which bars State schools from denying admissions out of racism, met with legal opposition from a consortium of racist hate groups, including the magnificently monikered BAMN.
Thus did the court, which has certainly had its share of missteps of late, affirm the people of Michigan’s overwhelming desire to let merit speak for itself in matters of academia. By a 6-2 majority (Justice Elena Kagan recused herself), the highest court in the land ruled — nay, reminded — that ignoring merit in favor of skin color deserves no more of a place in our modern society than the Jim Crow laws the Democrats spent decades devising and defending.
BAMN was quick to denounce the decision. In a statement released to the press (which I suspect involved shouting at random passers-by), a BAMN spokesbigot named Shanta Driver shrieked:
Today’s Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on affirmative action in Michigan is a racist decision. It is this Court’s Plessy v Ferguson… At the very moment that America is becoming a majority minority nation this Court is declaring its intention to uphold white privilege and to create a new Jim Crow legal system.
Driver, who evidently skipped some fairly important days in law school, has somehow gotten Plessy v. Ferguson confused with Driver v. Her Imagination. Plessy specifically allowed racial segregation, whereas Schuette specifically bars race from being a factor of any kind. As for her contention that the court is defending “white privilege” in a soon-to-be “majority minority nation,” I would think that she’d be relieved to see the high court strike down institutionalized racism at institutions of higher learning as yet another racial group other than hers accedes to the majority.
Incredibly, even with their abysmal record on civil rights and race relations, the Democrats bellowed their bigotry upon hearing of the Schuette decision. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted:
Today's #SCOTUS decision is another regrettable step to rig the political process against efforts to constitutionally advance diversity.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) April 22, 2014
I’m curious as to how a multimillionaire who’s as Caucasian as Edgar Winter in a whiteout reconciles “constitutionally advance diversity” with the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments — not to mention the 5th, 9th and 10th.
Our collective American journey toward a harmonious society is already filled with fits, starts and missteps, with more to come. It might be easier without our liberal companions throwing up roadblocks and digging potholes along the way.