Chief Justice Antonin Scalia‘s comments that African American students should attend “slower-track” schools won’t go away quietly. Colleigates responded with #StayMadAbby, a social media ode to Black excellence, now prominent African American lawmakers are weighing in.
One of the most renown figures of the Civil Rights movement, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) released a statement saying, “[Scalia’s] suggestion that African Americans would fare better at schools that are ‘less advanced’ or on a ‘slow-track’ reminds me of the kind of prejudice that led to separate and unequal school systems — a policy the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional decades ago.”
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) believes Scalia’s comments are clear evidence that he can not provide an unbiased decision on the case, which are is for his recusal. His statements are “disgusting, inaccurate, and insulting to African Americans” said Butterfield.
Lewis also agreed that Scalia’s “evident bias is very troubling” and calls into question “his ability to make impartial judgments in this case.”
According to The Huffington Post, in order for a Supreme Court justice to be removed from the bench, he or she must be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate — a move that has never happened in U.S. history.
Recusal, however, is solely up to the justice. The U.S. Code (Title 28, Section 455) states a judge should recuse him or herself from a case whenever there is conflict of interest, including a biased opinion or the involvement of a family member.
We hope more politicians continue to speak out and hold Scalia accountable for his dishonorable comments.
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2. McKenzie Cochran, 25, Killed January 2014 In Detroit2 of 20
3. Keith Vidal, 18, Killed January 2014 In North Carolina3 of 20
4. Yvette Smith, 47, Killed February 2014 In Texas4 of 20
5. Victor White III, 22, Killed March 2014 In Louisiana5 of 20
6. Dontre Hamilton, 31, Killed April 2014 In Milwaukee6 of 20
7. Jason Harrison, 28, Killed June 2014 In Texas7 of 20
8. Eric Garner, 43, Killed July 2014 In NYC8 of 20
9. Ezell Ford, Killed August 2014 In California9 of 20
10. Dante Parker, 36, Killed August 2014 In California10 of 20
11. Kajieme Powell, 25, Killed August 2014 In St. Louis11 of 20
12. Omar Abrego, 37, Killed August 2014 In California12 of 20
13. Maria Godinez, 22, Killed August 2014 In Orlando13 of 20
14. Michael Brown Jr., 18, Killed August 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.14 of 20
15. Darrien Hunt, 22, Killed September 2014 In Utah15 of 20
16. Jack Jacquez, 27, Killed November 2014 In Colorado16 of 20
17. Tamir Rice, 12, Killed November 2014 In Ohio17 of 20
18. Akai Gurley, 28, Killed November 2014 In NYC18 of 20
19. Tanesha Anderson, 37, Killed November 2014 In Cleveland19 of 20
20. Rumain Brisbon, 34, Killed December 2014 In Arizona20 of 20
Black Leaders Call For Justice Scalia To Recuse Himself From Controversial Affirmative Action Case was originally published on hellobeautiful.com