It’s not often we smile and nod our head in approval at Justice Clarence Thomas (he’s had his share of moments that make us cringe), but this week, during a bluster of Supreme Court rulings, he managed to make us do just that.
Amid the heated debate to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds in various states, Thomas came through to push a Supreme Court ruling that states could reject offensive license plate designs.
But Thomas’ visit to the Supreme Court’s left side was short-lived. On Thursday, Thomas dissented to the Supreme Court saving the Fair Housing Act of 1986 (to protect against housing discrimination based on race, sex, religion, and origin), and used an outrageous and offensive reference to prove his point that “racial imbalances do not always disfavor minorities.”
An example of racial imbalances that support phantom Black privileges? The mostly Black National Basketball Association (NBA).
No, we’re not kidding.
…not every justice was happy with the decision. Take, for example, Justice Clarence Thomas’s dissent, in which he defended racist housing practices by pointing out that the National Basketball Association (NBA) is mostly black: “Racial imbalances do not always disfavor minorities.… And in our own country, for roughly a quarter-century now, over 70 percent of National Basketball Association players have been black.”
Perhaps the reason Thomas had to fall back on a sports league, out of all things, to find an example of black privilege is because black Americans are overwhelmingly disadvantaged in almost every other aspect of US society. Black Americans have lower wages even after attaining higher education, they’re less likely to get calls back for job applications, they’re mired by people’s subconscious racial biases, they’re more likely to be shot and killed by police, and, yes, they still face residential segregation. When looking at the aggregate of these socioeconomic problems, it’s not hard to see why something like the Fair Housing Act is necessary to protect black people from systemic discrimination.
Way to take two steps backward.
Thomas, who is known to ride hard with the court’s conservative side, also joined Samuel Alito and Justice Antonin Scalia in dissenting to uphold Obamacare subsidies.
The vote, to their chagrin, was passed 6-3.
SOURCE: VOX | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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