Clarence Thomas: Blacks Not Served Well By Affirmative Action

Sep 9, 2008 3:33pm

It’s always interesting to hear from one the nation’s Supreme Court Justices when they are not tethered to the bench.  Today, Clarence Thomas addressed a forum of black colleges in Washington, DC.  Here’s the AP reporting on the talk:  "Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday that African-Americans are better served by colorblind programs than affirmative action.  Thomas, addressing leaders of historically black colleges, said affirmative action ”has become this mantra and there almost has become this secular religiosity about it. I think it almost trumps thinking.”  A longtime opponent of race-based preferences in hiring and school admissions, Thomas said, ”Just from a constitutional standpoint, I think we’re going to run into problems if we say the Constitution says we can consider race sometimes.”

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