Target: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Goal: Denounce statement that black students need a “slower track” education made by Supreme Court Justice Scalia.
Affirmative action is pushing students of color into “schools that are too advanced for them” and they would benefit from a “slower track” education, according to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. These blatantly racist words are reprehensible coming from anyone, but a justice of the Supreme Court of the nation should know better.
These comments were made during oral arguments over an affirmative action case in reference to a suit filed by a white woman against a school she claimed denied her entry in order to admit students of color she considers to be less qualified to attend the university. This is a common argument made by opponents of affirmative action–an argument that is not held up by actual research into the issue.
Plenty of students of color are in fact well prepared for and deserve to get into prestigious colleges, and once in, do very well. However, racist white people would rather believe that they got in even though they were undeserving based on an imaginary quota system that colleges don’t actually use.
A Supreme Court Justice should be better educated on these issues–educated enough that he would never repeat such outwardly racist things. Sign our petition to denounce Justice Scalia and demand that he educate himself on the issues until he no longer holds racist ideas about students of color.
Dear Justice Scalia,
You recently commented during oral arguments over the fate of race-based affirmative action that students of color, particularly black students, are being “pushed into schools that are too advanced for them” by these laws, and that said students benefit from a “slower track” of education. Predictably, you’re drawing quite a bit of fire for essentially suggesting that people of color are “slower” than white people.
You may have meant that because students of color tend to live in poor areas and receive a lower quality education, they can’t handle the same colleges as white people who get a better primary education due to their greater wealth. However, doesn’t this mean we should address the problems with our primary education system rather than keeping people of color out of prestigious schools that can help lift them out of that poverty?
You’re also incorrect about how well students of color do in prestigious colleges. If you look at the numbers, you’ll find that they tend to do just as well even with affirmative action at work. This means that your racist statement was born of ignorance–but as a Supreme Court Justice, you have no excuse for this ignorance.
You have a responsibility that comes with your high position to educate yourself on the issues and root out any prejudice within yourself. We demand that you look into the real numbers when it comes to students of color and stop spreading incorrect and racist ideas.
[Your Name Here]
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