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Friday, June 29, 2007

Walter Dellinger nails it in Slate: "I woke up at 4 this morning to the realization that I cannot begin to understand how Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues could really think that the efforts of the people in Jefferson County, Ky., and Seattle to have white and black students educated together is anything remotely like the system of racial apartheid, subjugation, and servitude practiced in the American South. His concluding sentence, "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race," equates two such fundamentally different practices that it leaves me stunned."

Last fall I judged a moot court competition that used the Louisville case. At the time my biggest problem was trying to figure out who could be objecting to the extremely reasonable, good faith efforts of the Louisville School Board to preserve racial diversity. Well, now we know. It's the same people who are opposed to reproductive freedom, the same people who think that 150 years of antitrust jurisprudence is so much fishwrap, the same people who reckon that unchecked executive authority is the hallmark of democracy. George Bush hates my America, and just as he promised he has appointed Supreme Court justices who feel the same way.

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