Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's suggestion -- during an oral argument in court yesterday -- that black college students would be better off at a "slower-track school" where they "do not feel they're being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them'' has sparked a national uproar, the Washington Post website reports today (December 10, 2015).
That uproar extended from the Supreme Court chambers to the U.S. Capitol building this morning, where Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) used his floor remarks to lambaste the Republican-appointed Scalia.
"These ideas that he [Scalia] pronounced yesterday are racist in application, if not intent," Reid said. "I don't know about his intent, but it is deeply disturbing to hear a Supreme Court justice endorse racist ideas from the bench on the nation's highest court."
During yesterday's argument in the Supreme Court case challenging the University of Texas' race-based admission standards, Scalia said: "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... And I don't think it stands to reason that it's a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many blacks as possible."