• Biden Unconstitutionally Ends the Dream

    March 27, 2022

    Posted in: Democracy

    What’s the word that means color matters more than anything else? It’s important, because Joe Biden forever ended the dream of a nation where race does not determine success, something all the committed cracker racists and others failed at.

    In choosing Ketanji Brown Jackson as his Supreme Court pick, President Joe Biden has made it the stated policy of the United States government to select people for important positions based on race, most prominently in his proclamation that it was not character or skill, but race and gender which would be the starting point for his replacement for Justice Breyer. It is a stunning denunciation of the ideals Americans have been told they were striving for since the end of the Civil War. There are plenty of people alive today who grew up with segregated toilets and white-only waiting rooms. Imagine those people today realizing the signs are back, albeit turned on their heads to make it clear it is the policy of the U.S. government to ensure all male, never mind say Chinese and Hispanic jurists, should in 2022 atone for the original sins of the South. Worse yet is the admission, that all are not created equal. To insist the nominee be a certain race is to admit they are not all equal once and forever.

    Here’s why discrimination disserves the United States. Of the 1,395 sitting federal judges only 56 are black women. Only 13 have served at the appellate court level, courts one step below the Supreme Court. Assume a couple are too moderate for Biden, and you are left with a tiny handful of people who even met Joe’s minimum qualifications. One judge reportedly in the top three was Leondra Kruger, who would have been the first person in more than 40 years to move from a state-level court to the Supreme Court. The question of whether someone like her would have even reached the final stages if she were not a black woman are obvious, as are the consequences.

    The thing is Joe Biden is no crusader. He is a spineless politician cynically pandering for votes. It was exactly two years ago to the day that he announced Ketanji Brown Jackson as his Supreme Court pick that  Biden, on the debate stage in South Carolina before a primary that he could not afford to lose, first made his pledge to nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court. Biden just announced his pick in the midst of the invasion of Ukraine so it could happen during the last hours of Black History month. As a panderer, 2022 Joe Biden lies about being arrested during the civil rights movement while 1960s Joe would not have been not been within miles of a demonstration. Biden of course follows others down this cynical path. That’s why Hillary Clinton can help pass a crime bill directed at black youth and then turn around and get away with an Amos ‘n Andy accent when she was pimping for the black vote in Selma itself. Biden has a long history of racism, including referring to Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.” He is no friend of the Negro even as he still uses that term. And anyone remember Biden’s disgusting racist and sexist treatment of Anita Hill? Or maybe Kamala Harris’ campaign for president, when she blasted Joe’s racism as having personally impacted her as a young girl? Democratic political flexibility is outshone only by hypocrisy.

    Biden’s hypocrisy runs deep into the American fabric via the Orwellian wordplay of affirmative action. Affirmative action was massaged into constitutionality, allowing a nation which pretended to strive toward all are created equal to instead acknowledge just the opposite, by having separate standards based on skin color. The hypocrisy began with Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, a 1978 Supreme Court case which held that a university’s admissions criteria which used race as a definite and exclusive basis for an admission decision violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But the fine print was that bit about definite and exclusive basis; race could in fact be a criteria, but just not the only one. The Court ruled a university’s use of racial “quotas” in its admissions process was unconstitutional, but a school’s use of “affirmative action” to accept more minority applicants was constitutional. The offense was being too clear — UC held 16 out of 100 admission spots exclusively for blacks instead of just putting its thumb on the scale and presto! filling 16 out of 100 slots with blacks.

    In 2003’s Grutter v. Bollinger the Supreme Court upheld the admissions policy of the University of Michigan Law School to use of racial preference to promote diversity. Black applicants would be admitted under different standards than everyone else. The fudge was to again say affirmative action is constitutional as long as it treats race as one factor among many, and it does not substitute for individualized review of applicant. The Court used creative wordsmithing to declare decisions based on race constitutional as long as the goal was (good) diversity and not (bad) whitewashing. It went as far as hypocritically saying at the same time racial quota systems, whether applied against whites or blacks, are always “odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality.” But Grutter in 2003 came with an interesting addendum; affirmative action was supposed to be a short-term, temporary thing while society worked out the larger issues. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor stated that “We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest in student body diversity approved today.” How’d that work out?

    There have been challenges to affirmative action in both schools and the workplace, and two cases are now before the Supreme Court (Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina.) The current, more conservative court, may see things differently but to date the answer has always been the same: discrimination by race that favors blacks is constitutional as long as you use the nice, pretty words like “race is a factor” and not the nasty ones like “No Irish Need Apply.”

    The irony here is Joe Biden’s decision to implement cosmetic diversity by only considering a black woman for the next Supreme Court seat would be unlikely to meet the Supreme Court’s own tests for affirmative action in academia. Biden bypasses the basic tenant — race can only be a factor, not the decider — in favor of a straight-outta-Selma announcement he would only consider one race for the job. Biden’s decision flat out violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits making employment decisions because of an individual’s skin color, national origin, sex, religion, or race. It is illegal to give an applicant an advantage solely because of race. Except, apparently, if you’re Joe Biden.

    No one will challenge Biden. One Georgetown law professor who even raised the issue of why limit the nominee to a pool of only 13 judges found himself suspended, the object of student protests. Barack Obama, who previously said “affirmative action becomes a diminishing tool for us to achieve racial equality in this society” has been quiet as a shadow about Biden’s decision criteria.

    Race was once a criteria to exclude people from schools and jobs. America now selects people for the same by race in the cause of eliminating racism. We ignore John Roberts dictum “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” This is only be possible because of the groundwork laid during the Trump years that makes it impossible for progressives to anymore understand the term hypocrisy. So now choosing by skin color is celebrated as long as it’s enough shade. The hope is the inherent hypocrisy of such as stance will ultimately bring the movement to its knees when at some point people accidentally stumble into rationality and realize that none of this means anything. Simply spinning the color wheel does not create freedom or diversity. If Biden truly wanted a diverse Supreme Court he might try to pull a few more judges out of non-Ivy League law schools, for example.

    But let’s not go too hard on Joe Biden. He just said the quiet part too loud. Separate but equal when it harms blacks is bad and unconstitutional. Separate but equal when it helps blacks, in academia, job searches, and ascension to the Supreme Court, is just fine. Biden is simply acknowledging as true the worst sins of Jim Crow, that color indeed matters. That’s racism, there’s no other word for it.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Peter once again fails to see the forest for the trees. The solution is to grow more trees. Expand the Supreme Court and expand the number of law school admissions. Is there some law cartel at work like the AMA has to keep those medical costs so high?

      Everybody wins.

      03/28/22 9:50 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Biden’s politically calculated primary campaign promise has produced a smug, pleased and not in the least uncomfortable, humble or embarrassed nominee.
      I’d like the SCOTUS position to be decided by a sort of LOST contest. A carefully vetted and qualified diverse list of say 10 wanna be’s of every race, ethnic persuasion and gender type would debate legal issues for a week. The winner would be decided by a giant VU meter’s response to an invited debate audience’s clapping.
      Ketangi clearly feels she is more deserving than all others to be a Supreme Court Justice. Clarence Thomas on the other hand was I think surprised at being even considered- and rightfully so.
      Displaying an ethos that she is automatically the most deserving of all the candidates might work in her favor. American style proles have shown they sometimes admire and support brazen narcissism and entitlement.

      03/28/22 12:36 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      “Biden is simply acknowledging as true the worst sins of Jim Crow, that color indeed matters. That’s racism, there’s no other word for it.”

      Actually there is: The Republican Aka White Nationalist Party. It still can’t get over a BLACK MAN was elected twice and dared occupy its WHITE HOUSE.

      03/30/22 4:55 PM | Comment Link

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