The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 October 2003

Diverse that could happen

"The far right's dream judge."

That's what Ralph Neas of People for the American Way says about California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, nominated by President Bush to fill one of three vacancies on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. And being an African-American woman won't get Justice Brown a pass from the Congressional Black Caucus, either; DC House delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton complains that Brown is "cut from the same cloth as Clarence Thomas," and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) claims that Brown suggested that "affirmative action resembled segregationist laws from the Jim Crow era."

Which, of course, is patently false. Under Jim Crow, the majority was empowered to make foolish decisions at the expense of minorities; under affirmative action, minorities are empowered to make foolish decisions at the expense of the majority. No resemblance whatsoever.

(With thanks to Jerry Scharf and John Rosenberg.)

Posted at 7:07 PM to Political Science Fiction


Alas, there may be more similarity than this wise post allows. Under AA, after all, it is white majorities who allow/tolerate minorities to make foolish decisions at the expense of majorities. Don't buy that, on the reasonable grounds that few (if any) white majorities have ever voted in AA policies? Then how about a majority of white elites (in the courts, corporations, universities, etc.) have allowed minorities to make foolish decisions at the expense of a majority of whites....

Posted by: John Rosenberg at 6:24 PM on 19 October 2003

Point taken. But I suspect I'm perhaps less interested in fixing the blame than in supporting the notion that blame is indeed the proper response, that policies at this level of insanity don't Just Happen but are consciously inflicted.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:45 PM on 19 October 2003