(The Root) — Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas compared affirmative action to Jim Crow and segregation today in the case of Fisher v. the University of Texas. Abigail Fisher brought a lawsuit against the university after being denied admission, alleging that she was rejected because she is white, violating her constitutional rights. The court voted 7-1 to defer ruling on the case, sending it back to a lower court.
On the matter of affirmative action, Justice Thomas said, “Slaveholders argued that slavery was a ‘positive good’ that civilized blacks and elevated them in every dimension of life. Segregation likewise defended segregation on the ground that it provided more leadership opportunities for blacks.” Affirmative action, he argues, is another “straight-faced representation that discrimination (helps) minorities.”
Justice Thomas’ comments drew strong reactions from people online, with most either in staunch agreement with or staunch opposition to his assertion. Unsurprisingly, most folks who are outraged with Thomas are black; most who agree with him are not.
Just read Clarence Thomas’ concurrent opinion on Fisher. Wondering if Paula Deen caters his meals during SCOTUS recess.
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) June 24, 2013
Meanwhile Clarence Thomas can’t accept that affirmative action helped him. So he’s set to hamstring the next generation. Oh.
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) June 24, 2013
This is why I like Clarence Thomas. As an African-American doesn’t like affirmative action
— Matt Hammer (@Matt_Hammer1) June 24, 2013
God bless Justice Clarence Thomas. He is the real deal. #SCOTUS
— Connie Hair (@ConnieHair) June 24, 2013
I remember how devastated my mother was when Clarence Thomas was appointed to Supreme Court. So many times since then, I understand why.
— Tracey (@savannahkhan) June 24, 2013
Bush Sr. is sitting somewhere smiling thinking of the wonderful job he did in nominating “the right kinda Black” in Clarence Thomas….