What the Black Men Who Identify With Brett Kavanaugh Are Missing

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On Tuesday night, I was in an auditorium with 100 black men in the city of Baltimore, when the subject pivoted to Brett Kavanaugh. I expected to hear frustration that the sexual-assault allegations against him had failed to derail his Supreme Court appointment. Instead, I encountered sympathy. One man stood up and asked, passionately, “What happened to due process?” He was met with a smattering of applause, and an array of head nods.

If you think Kavanaugh receiving some measure of support from black men in inner-city Baltimore is as strange as Taylor Swift suddenly feeling the need to become a modern-day Fannie Lou Hamer, then brace yourself: The caping for Kavanaugh does make a twisted kind of sense. Countless times, black men have had to witness the careers and reputations of other black men ruthlessly destroyed because of unproved rape and sexual-assault accusations. And as that Baltimore audience member also argued, if the claims were made by a white woman, expect the damage to be triple.

 

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Shed no tears for Antonin Scalia: Let us not praise the man who gave us Citizens United and Bush v Gore

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Shed no tears for Antonin Scalia: Let us not praise the man who gave us Citizens United and Bush v Gore

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Antonin Scalia was one of the most profoundly dishonest men in the history of American public life. He made Richard Nixon seem almost quaint by comparison. But that’s not the impression being broadcast to the world today.

 Scalia’s death has let forth an elite love fest of such remarkable intensity, you’d think he was war criminal Henry Kissinger. The love—on MSNBC as much as anywhere—came almost as fast as the GOP determination not to allow Obama to appoint his successor. Folks might disagree with what he had to say from the bench, but hey! He was such a nice guy! Best buds with Notorious RBG!  How could you say anything mean about him?
Maybe if you weren’t an elite lawyer, or media commentator, but rather someone to had suffer as a result of his bigoted cruelty?  Maybe then you’d see things a bit differently, if you were someone close to Leonel Herrera, or Anthony Davis.  Who are those men, you say?  Two men facing execution with credible claims of actual innocence, that’s who. 

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Abigail Fisher deserves an ‘F’ for her race-baiting Supreme Court case aimed at boosting subpar white students

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Abigail Fisher deserves an 'F' for her race-baiting Supreme Court case aimed at boosting subpar white students

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Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in what is easily the most baffling case it’s going to hear this session, yet another attack on affirmative action policies at state universities, in this case the University of Texas at Austin. If ever there was a case that has no business in front of the high court, it is this one. The suit is a nuisance suit, it’s poorly argued, it’s disingenuous, it’s been heard before and, to make everything even more bizarre, the plaintiff’s claim to injury is demonstrably untrue. This is a case that should have been laughed out of court years ago, but instead, this is the second time — second time! — it’s being presented in front of the Supreme Court.

 At stake is the claim made by Abigail Fisher, now 25, who hails from a wealthy suburb of Houston called Sugar Land, that she was deprived of her rightful admission at UT Austin because, in her view, some person of color who didn’t deserve it stole it from her.

Throughout her now seven-year campaign to make the school pay for not letting her in, Fisher has never been able to produce any evidence that the school tossed her application to make room for a less qualified minority applicant. That’s because, as UT Austin has maintained throughout this ordeal, Fisher was never getting in to their school. Fisher’s GPA and SAT scores weren’t high enough, and she didn’t have enough external accomplishments to convince the school to give her a shot otherwise. As Pro Publica explained at the time:

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Harry Reid: Justice Scalia’s Comments on Affirmative Action Were ‘Racist’

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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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