June 29, 2009, - 11:23 am

Echoes of Bakke: Supremes Overturn Racist Affirmative Action Plan; Reverses Sonia From the Block

By Debbie Schlussel
It’s time to end affirmative action quotas, programs, set-asides, etc. in America. Those are racist, sexist, and bigoted in that they prefer people, groups, and companies solely on those characteristics (which are a coincidence of birth, not an achievement), or those characteristics play a big part.
And the U.S. Supreme Court seems to agree, with its landmark ruling today in Ricci v. DeStefano (READ the Court’s decison), the case in which White New Haven, Connecticut firefighters were illegally denied promotions because of their race. It’s an incredible ruling (reversing Justice J-Lo/So-So a/k/a Sonia Sotomayor), but expect less and less of these once Barack Hussein Obama finishes packing the Supreme Court. The decision was a close 5-4 ruling.


Graphic From Afro City Blog/Autographed Letter Signed

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.
New Haven was wrong to scrap a promotion exam because no African-Americans and only two Hispanic firefighters were likely to be made lieutenants or captains based on the results, the court said Monday in a 5-4 decision. The city said that it had acted to avoid a lawsuit from minorities.
The ruling could alter employment practices nationwide and make it harder to prove discrimination when there is no evidence it was intentional.
“Fear of litigation alone cannot justify an employer’s reliance on race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his opinion for the court. He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

The case is sort of like a Bakke for the new millenium, since the Bakke case was the first to eat away–in a significant way–at racist affirmative action programs. In that case, the Court held that a public university could not use race as the sole or major factor in admissions to a graduate school program (Allan Bakke applied to medical school), and therefore, could not have quotas in admission. However, it did say that race could be a factor. Today’s decision is a marked improvement on Bakke. But probably a temporary one, given the precarious makeup of the Supreme Court.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out with So-So’s Supreme Court nomination. But, sadly, the hubbub over this will die out, and she’ll sail through, as will future Obama nominees, until there are more than enough to over turn this decision.

8 Responses

It’s one thing to give minorities a leg up because of perceived disadvantages but to take away from qualified whites because their black brothers could not demonstrate sufficient intelligence is ludicrous!! if the blacks cannot compete then they do not deserve a promotion or raise, whatever. maybe they should go back to school and learn how to read, and how to think and how to quit whining they are too stupid to advance.

Chuck W on June 29, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Does anyone care to guess Sotomayor’s answer to this multiple choice (two answer) question:
If your house was burning down and you and/or your loved ones were still inside, who would you want leading the firefighters?
a) Those who scored best on the exam
b) Those who qualified based on skin pigmentation?

i_am_me on June 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm

The problem with affirmative action programs is they institutionalize state mandated discrimination against white men. What they don’t do is redress past racial discrimination. And how on earth does taking away opportunities from white guys make them more sensitive to minorities? Just don’t expect liberals to realize the government’s picking winners and losers with people is just plain wrong. Even as most states have imposed a ban on affirmative action aka reverse racism in their state constitutions, its still sadly business as usual from leftist racists in this country.

NormanF on June 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Sometimes these leftist bigots cna be hoisted on their own petard, though. First, when I went to that “Institute of Technology” on the right coast, my advisor there took fits because I checked off “Caucasian” in all my paperwork, when looking at me, it’ spretty obvious that my mother’s Cherokee full blood genes “took over” in my appearance. The advisor was having fits because the “Injun” quota was a coveted thing to achieve atthat time. I still refused, since I’m a “half breed’ (as my mother’s family loved to point out, calling me “Apple” in Tsulagi- red on the outside, white on the inside). The advisor really had fits, tellign me what “advanatages” I’d have as a “coveted minority” at the Institute.
Anyway, that was fun in itself since I remindeed her that I was just as white as I was red, and oh by the way , my last name ends in “ski”. I see no difference in claiming yourself white if you’re only half than there is in declaring yourself black if you’re only half.
Anyway, later on during my time at the Institute as an undergrad, I responded to an ad for a night job at one of the more well known convnenience/gas establishments at Lechemere square. When I called to see if the jobhad been filled, and was asked by the manager if I was “Indian”.. well, I knew full well that he meant the sub-continent variety, but, what the hell he aske without qualifications so I said, Yes, I’m an Indian. He was pissed when I showed up, and when challenged told him that I was half Cherokee- that’s certainly an indian isn’t it? When he hemmed and hawed, I told him that If he didn’t hire me for THAT reason, I’d file a discrimination in hiring (EEOC) suit. I got hired, he got fired two months later and I found it amusing enough to laugh about it even now more than 15 years later..
So once in a while you can get these clowns and best them at their own game.

Mistress_Dee on June 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm

I guess the MSM wont report this. They cant have any rebuke of Justice SoSo because it might call her into question. She is a hardened liberal with those values that she is owed something in life because of the color of her skin. Unlike the pioneer Ward Connerly who has gone against that revile him and has been successful in various states and will continue his pursuit to end affirmative action. People who want affirmative action are content with low standards and low achievement. For a merit based society to achieve for the best affirmative action is a cancer. Those communities who are struggling should look within themselves to achieve greatness and not expect or demand from anyone else. Other cultures have done this in history and to this day. Life isn’t fair and going around demanding others give to you because you wont take it upon yourself to work harder is morally wrong.
Ward Connerly’s website:

californiascreaming on June 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I don’t know if anyone remembers Carmen Basilio, middleweight boxer 50’s and 60’s, it must be a gene thing. But her face looks like Basilio’s after 10 rounds with Sugar Ray Robinson.
She just doesn’t look to be SCOTUS material.

mark on June 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm

White people in the USA now have to go to the Supreme Court to keep from having prejudice used against them.

JP on June 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Sonia Sotomayor is no different than David Duke both are racists. If that wench gets on the Supreme Court the white man in America is finished.
The Federal Government does not practice what it preaches. they have taken institutionalized racism to a new level by discriminating against white males favoring Blacks in hiring and firing practices.
Go to this website to see the OPM stats:
“What is more unreasonable, even unconscionable, is the fact that OPM continues to refuse this year, as in preceding years, to publish detailed data regarding either the growth or the shrinkage of the proportion of whites, and particularly white males, in the federal work force. That glaring omission leads a reasonable person to assume that the feds are trying to hide something … such as the fact that they are systematically reducing the number of whites and particularly white males from government employment. If that is not the case, then why do they refuse to publish data pertaining to white employment?”
Am I bitter, you bet thanks to the Bakke decision, I was thrown off the admissions list at a USC Med school and was never able to get readmitted.

ScottyDog on June 30, 2009 at 1:47 pm

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