In a groundbreaking ruling, the Supreme Court declared affirmative action unconstitutional, igniting a wave of fury among Democrats. At the center of their anger stands Justice Clarence Thomas, whose opinion helped to dismantle affirmative action.
Clarence Thomas responds to Ketanji Brown Jackson's racist world view with pure fire. pic.twitter.com/C67BuMYMaR
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Some critics are trying to frame Justice Thomas’ stance against affirmative action is a betrayal of his own race. This sentiment was even echoed by NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who passionately criticized the affirmative action ruling for “creating” Thomas and alleged it denies opportunities to young African-Americans.
The debate surrounding affirmative action reached a fever pitch during an episode of “The View,” where co-host Whoopi Goldberg passionately attacked Justice Thomas for his previous remarks about not understanding “diversity” in college admissions.
“If we didn’t have to, no one would do it. Who wants to get hit by water from a water hose? Nobody. But that’s what people did in order to get the vote. So when you say you don’t know what diversity is, I say you’re full of it,” Goldberg expressed.
Despite the backlash, Justice Thomas has garnered support from a significant portion of Americans who oppose affirmative action policies. They see his decision as a significant step toward achieving genuine racial equality and harmony in the country.
In his statement, Justice Thomas wrote “While I am painfully aware of the social and economic ravages which have befallen my race and all who suffer discrimination, I hold out enduring hope that this country will live up to its principles… that all men are created equal, are equal citizens, and must be treated equally before the law.”
His supporters praised his critique of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s dissenting opinion. Justice Thomas argued that a person’s worth should not be reduced to their race, emphasizing individual experiences, choices, and accomplishments over collective blame.
“Individuals are the sum of their unique experiences, challenges, and accomplishments. What matters is not the barriers they face, but how they choose to confront them… A contrary, myopic world view based on individuals’ skin color to the total exclusion of their personal choices is nothing short of racial determinism,” he asserted.
His words resonated with those who reject the left’s attempts to establish a racial hierarchy in America. The debate over affirmative action continues to raise important questions about equality, opportunity, and the role of race in shaping policies.
As the nation processes this landmark ruling, one thing remains clear: Justice Thomas’ stance has ignited a fierce and profound conversation about affirmative action, race, and the path towards a fair and equitable future.