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Sonia Sotomayer’s Furious Dissent

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Justice Sonia Sotomayer launched an excoriating dissent in the Supreme Court decision that went against her in the Michigan affirmative action decision.

The decision, linked below, was an infringement of group rights that “disadvantaged racial minorities” she wrote. “In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination.

“This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.”

In her memoir “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor wrote that affirmative action had “opened doors” for her.

“But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try,” she wrote in the memoir.

Read Sonia Sotomayer’s Dissent here.

–>Read about the Affirmative Action decision here.

–>And see how Justice Breyer sparred with Justice Scalia here

 

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