What government enacts, it can repeal, says the Supreme Court in upholding the Michigan referendum that ended affirmative action in college admissions. In a stunning 6-2 decision, Justice Steven Breyer joined the conservative jurists in ruling that while the Constitution allows states to use affirmative action for admissions, it does not require states to do so:
And, of course, I don’t believe the Constitution permits state-mandated racism as policy at all, but I’ll take this decision, even as based on flawed reasoning as it is.
Sotomayor read her dissent aloud in the court, usually a sign of significant displeasure with the result. At 58 pages, her dissent went longer than the opinion and the concurrences combined.
When you are a wise and mouthy Latina, you do tend to go on. It’s called “smothering them in a blizzard of bullshit.”
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