The Nevada Democrat was responding to a line of questioning from Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday
Scalia seemed to suggest that some African-Americans don't belong in top colleges
The top Senate Democrat and a civil rights legend serving in the House both condemned Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s comments during an affirmative action case on Thursday, when Scalia seemed to suggest that some African-Americans don’t belong in top colleges.
Rep. John Lewis, who helped lead the civil rights march in Selma, suggested Scalia should consider recusing himself from the case, Fisher v. University of Texas.
“Justice Scalia’s evident bias is very troubling to me. It leads me to question his ability to make impartial judgments in this case,” the Georgia Democrat said in a statement.
Lewis was one of the top leaders of the civil rights movement in the ‘60s and has served in Congress nearly 30 years.
Scalia was referring to a brief filed in the case that discussed an academic proposition called “mismatch theory.”
“I’m just not impressed by the fact that the University of Texas may have fewer (African-Americans),” Scalia said, in part. “Maybe it ought to have fewer. And maybe some – you know, when you take more, the number of blacks, really competent blacks, admitted to lesser schools, turns out to be less.”
“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a less – a slower-track school where they do well,” Scalia said, according to the court transcript. “One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas.”