In this edition of Quote Mining! TM we have two quotes from Supreme Court opinions on Race:
Distinctions by race are so evil, so arbitrary and invidious that a state bound to defend the equal protection of the laws must not invoke them in any public sphere.
The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
50 point question: Does the second quote follow logically from the first?
100 point follow-up quetion: Doesn’t it also follow that even well intended school programs that use race to determine enrollments are illegal?
Special bonus question: Wasn’t the Supreme Court’s decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools v Seattle School District No. 1 a no-brainer?
Thanks for playing. You can collect your parting gifts in the comments section.
UPDATE: Oops, the first quote is from a brief for the Brown v. Board of Education case not the court’s opinion. The brief was written by Thurgood Marshall, future Supreme Court Justice. Details, details…
UPDATE 2: Here’s something I wrote 4 years ago about race:
The question remains of how to remove the structural racism. The answer is not obvious but it is obvious that you can’t create color blind institutions by color conscious policy. The policy would be a constant reminder of the thing its trying to erase.