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“These ideas that he pronounced yesterday are racist in application, if not intent”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called Justice Antonin Scalia “racist” Thursday after comments the Supreme Court justice made during an oral argument on affirmative action.

Scalia drew controversy for a line of questioning he took in the Wednesday oral argument for Fisher v. Texas, a case about affirmative action. Referring to a brief filed in the case, Scalia said in part, “I’m just not impressed by the fact that the University of Texas may have fewer (African-Americans)… Maybe it ought to have fewer.”

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