Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thank you, Chief Justice 

The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
From Parents Involved in Community Schools v Seattle School District No. 1. The Chronicle of Higher Ed characterizes the opinion as narrow, leaving both Grutter and Gratz in place. Still, that sentence from the Chief Justice will be valuable when perhaps a better case comes before the Court.

SCOTUSblog reports
that Justice Stevens believes the vote for this would have been 0-9 rather than 5-4 if the Court of 1975 had heard this case. I wonder what he thinks thirty-two years of history has taught us about race-based preferences.