Scalia: 14th Amendment is for everyone, not "only the blacks"

The Supreme Court Justice's remark came during oral arguments on an affirmative action case

By Elias Isquith
October 15, 2013 11:10PM (UTC)
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)

According to tweet from David Leonhardt of the New York Times, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made a racially charged comment during Tuesday's oral arguments on an affirmative action case, saying that the 14th Amendment "protects all races" and not "only the blacks."

Here's Leonhardt's tweet:


This isn't the only time as of late that Scalia has made a potentially controversial remark on issues of race. Earlier this year, during oral arguments for a case determining the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Scalia suggested the measure was a "racial entitlement."

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