Remember when Mike Myers' eyes nearly leapt from his head and hit Kanye West's casual chinos after the hip hop superstar declared on live TV that George Bush doesn't care about black people?
Looks like Bush's SCOTUS nominee Sammy Alito doesn't either. Nor for Latinos for that matter. Nor women. Nor ethics. Nor privacy. Nor execution without trial.
The American Association for Affirmative Action's (AAAA) President, Robert W. Ethridge, stated today that: "There is a very troubling record emerging that demands a thorough investigation before the Judiciary Committee votes on Judge Alito's nomination," and his organization, "urges the Senate Judiciary Committee to apply 'closest scrutiny' of Alito's record regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action laws."
His record is chilling to those who care about justice (pun is, unfortunately intended. Apologies to all the dads, grandads and uncles whose bad jokes have been cannibalized for cheap blogging humor).
When the AAAA scoured Alito's 1985 application for a job with Reagan's Justice Dept. they found that Alito "reportedly wrote that he was 'particularly proud' of his 'contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed.'"
Personally I disagree with this but affirmative action is a hotly debated and deeply flawed method of fostering equality. Those who oppose it would, however, gain a great deal of credibility and would seem less like opportunistic bigots to me if they A.) opened their opposition by demonstrating an appreciation for the obvious discrimination endemic in American culture and B.) suggested alternative solutions to the problem.
But this is not the course followed by most nor the mindset to which Alito subscribes. He went further than a reasoned opposition to Affirmative Action as he "signed a brief arguing for restricting affirmative action remedies, even in cases where discrimination was intentional, egregious, and long-standing."
This opinion fell so far out of the mainstream that it was eventually struck down by the Supreme Court. I guess if he makes it there, he can see to it that no long-standing discrimination will be punished. Hail to the chief.