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Yesterday, the  Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action but it’s the  blistering dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor that’s getting everyone’s attention.

In the 58-page dissent, Sotomayor directly took on Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr’s view that the nation’s continued reliance on racial classifications hinders rather than promotes the goal of a color-blind society. She accused her colleagues  of trying to “wish away” racial inequality

Sotomayor noted Roberts’s famous statement in a 2007 opinion that “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

“This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable,” Sotomayor wrote. “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.”

She added: “As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carryout the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.”

“But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try,” she wrote.

Read Sotomayor’s full dissent here.

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  • anti cracker

    “Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a blistering dissent against affirmative action”
    now lets see if you write one against the people affirmative action benefits the most, which are WHITE WOMEN.
    i doubt you will, because all your energy and anger is geared to black men on this site.
    free mutulu

    • anti cracker

      scared of those good ole white folks

  • D1Mind

    Well, nice that she made a statement but sadly there is no victory in a loss. People need to remember that:

    1) Black folks have never been repaid or compensated for any of the crimes legally committed in the U.S. or any other European colony over the last 500 years.
    2) None of those who authorized and participated in the crimes against black folks have ever been punished for those crimes in ANY court of “justice”
    3) The supreme court has never ever challenged any LAW that allowed for the mistreatment, enslavement or oppression of black people
    4) Affirmative action was never ever meant to address 300+ years of systematic discrimination in black primary and secondary education, which has been purposely and intentionally underfunded since day one and still remains so.
    5) This “ban” on affirmative action should have been challenged on the grounds that it never EVER cited any metrics showing how AA achieved its goals as intended. And even more importantly, how on earth does the “theoretical” harm of a few white students, who are the majority most universities and who control most universities and have been the BENEFICIARIES of 300 years of legal oppression and injustice hold more weight than 300 years of LEGAL oppression against blacks.

    #5 should say it all yet nobody to this point has stood up and challenged those cases to show how hollow and hypocritical they sound trying to claim that somehow “white folks” are suffering from “discrimination” in America. Seriously. Black folks are too quiet about that stuff.

    • anti cracker

      “Seriously. Black folks are too quiet about that stuff.”
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ this
      including this site, but i expect nothing less.

  • Ogechi Ibeanusi

    I love Sonia. She appears to be the only justice that get’s it right with this issue.