Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Speech Police Attack Scalia

Must not suggest that affirmative action does blacks no favors

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was brutalized by the PC Police after he offered comments last week about a theory related to affirmative action utilized in academia. During arguments discussing a lawsuit filed by a white female student against the University of Texas, Scalia had the gall (in the race-baiters' estimation) to ask about the mismatch theory. This is usually known as exploring the merits of the case. Leading the charge against Scalia were both Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the “Reverend” Al Sharpton, who, like a hammer looking for a nail, never misses a chance to hit someone as “racist.”

Let’s review the basic facts. The actual case before SCOTUS involves Abigail Fisher, a Texas student who was not admitted to the University of Texas, she alleges, because of racial discrimination. She did not rank in the top 10% of her graduating high school class, which is the first criteria for admission into the University of Texas. Some 81% of those admitted during the year of her application met that threshold, leaving 19% of admitted students needing to meet additional criteria that included but were not limited to race. Fisher was among those denied admission.

Scalia, the long-serving justice appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986, referred to a theory labeled “mismatch” that places ill-prepared or ill-equipped students in rigorous academic programs that result in failure due to the criterion of race serving as the driving force.

In open court, Scalia offered comments on published assertions made by others regarding this “mismatch”: “There are 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 lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”

In an Oct. 2, 2012, piece published in The Atlantic, these statements were made regarding the “Mismatch Theory”:

The single biggest problem in this system — a problem documented by a vast and growing array of research — is the tendency of large preferences to boomerang and harm their intended beneficiaries. Large preferences often place students in environments where they can neither learn nor compete effectively — even though these same students would thrive had they gone to less competitive but still quite good schools.

We refer to this problem as “mismatch,” a word that largely explains why, even though blacks are more likely to enter college than are whites with similar backgrounds, they will usually get much lower grades, rank toward the bottom of the class, and far more often drop out. Because of mismatch, racial preference policies often stigmatize minorities, reinforce pernicious stereotypes, and undermine the self-confidence of beneficiaries, rather than creating the diverse racial utopias so often advertised in college campus brochures.

No, Justice Antonin Scalia is not the author of that piece three years ago. Instead, the excerpt is from authors Richard Sander, UCLA professor and economist, and Stuart Taylor Jr., a legal journalist. The latter also penned the book, “Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It.”

In summary, the overreaction to Scalia’s recitation of someone else’s research and writings while engaging in public discourse over an issue before the Court is just another example of the Left’s approach to speech: Either consent and speak in uniformity blessed by the Left or be silenced by insults and name-calling that generates a twisted narrative relayed as fact by the Leftmedia presstitutes.



Anonymous said...

The greatest danger to the United States may not be from terrorists, it may be from politically correct Liberal idiots.

Anonymous said...

This also is more evidence that the left is more interested in feeling right than doing right. They don't care in the least that the policies they put into place are actually harming people, they only care that these policies make them feel like they did something good.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:15...........One aides and abets the other. Co-conspiritors in the destruction of America.

Bird of Paradise said...

Reid and Jackson these two jackasses need to gett heir tails twisted or tied in 20 knots or more

Anonymous said...

Well said Anon 4:34
It is common practice for superior court and appellant level judges to probe arguments, ideas and theories by asking deliberately provocative questions - even if they do not actually agree with the question they raise.
It helps develop argument, tests the rigour of the point, and allows ideas to develop.
Stifling this would be to hamstring the law.
Of course, this might be what some people want.

Alpha Skua said...

Anon 4:34. Well said these leftists scumbags are what Joe McCarthy warned us about they want a Soviet America just like their sinister founders(Karl Marx,Joe Slain and Nitika Kroschev wanted

Anonymous said...

Scalia gets the last laugh. No much how they bitch he has to step down only if he chooses, he can't be removed.