All revved up: Justice Scalia reveals a larger problem with race in academia
WGBH - 12/14/2015
Justice Antonin Scalia has come under fire this week for controversial comments on affirmative action during a hearing on Wednesday. The Supreme Court Justice suggested African American students “do well” at “slower track schools”—as opposed to top-tier universities. “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,” Scalia said.
Scalia has received criticism from black lawmakers, civil rights attorneys, and even presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, a GOP contender known for his own controversial and bellicose comments on the subject of race. The Reverends Emmett G. Price III and Irene Monroe joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio for their regular Monday feature, All Revved Up. “Two things concern me,” Monroe said. “I’d like to know how [Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas is taking this news from his buddy. Secondly, we have to remember this—when we have term limits, we can get folks like that off the bench.”