In his own words

“I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”

Here’s the lede for the story at Think Progress:

WASHINGTON, DC — There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court’s lawyers’ lounge, where audio of the oral argument is pumped in for members of the Supreme Court bar, when Justice Antonin Scalia offered his assessment of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. He called it a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

Think Progress also has the full transcript so you can read it in context. It’s not less shocking.

0 thoughts on “In his own words

  1. We have hit a new low on the world stage.

    Just when you think the actions of this country can’t get any more embarrassing
    along comes Fat Tony.

    A white man claiming blacks in the south have “racial entitlement.”



  2. Heil Scalia, defender of the poor, put-upon, white supremacists who would really like to end the Voting Rights Act but are being bullied by the “racial entitlement” police into continuing it. Someday they shall overcome. Alabama Über Alles!


  3. Maybe he meant it takes a long, long time to get whites to give up *their* racial entitlements. In which case, he also meant, “especially when I’M on the Supreme Court.”



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