I usually wish notable and famous celebrities and activists to rest in peace whenever there’s news of their passing. I usually do that, but I won’t for the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who was recently found dead in San Antonio, Texas.
Some people would consider it heartless not to wish the dead to sleep in peace. Some people would consider it inhumane and borderline evil to hope that people like Scalia would burn in hell wearing gasoline underwear. I probably wouldn’t go that far. Probably. But the former Supreme Court Justice hasn’t been known to show respect and support to those who weren’t white, straight and male.
Recently, not long before his death, Scalia made a comment about black college students when observing the case of Abigail Fisher, the white college woman who was complaining how she didn’t get into her dream university because she was white and reverse racism and affirmative action and all that white fragility jazz:
“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 slower-track school where they do well.
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. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”
Scalia pretty much said that black students are not able to keep up in most colleges and should fair better in “lesser schools”. If that isn’t racist shit that a self-proclaimed race realist would say, I don’t know what is. But, that is what Scalia believed.
He’s not too well-loved in feminist circles either. A few years ago, Scalia said that the equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution does not protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender. In other words, women don’t have protection against being discriminated against, because it’s not in the Constitution:
“In 1868, when the 39th Congress was debating and ultimately proposing the 14th Amendment, I don’t think anybody would have thought that equal protection applied to sex discrimination, or certainly not to sexual orientation. So does that mean that we’ve gone off in error by applying the 14th Amendment to both?
Yes, yes. Sorry, to tell you that. … But, you know, if indeed the current society has come to different views, that’s fine. You do not need the Constitution to reflect the wishes of the current society. Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t. Nobody ever thought that that’s what it meant. Nobody ever voted for that. If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex, hey we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws. You don’t need a constitution to keep things up-to-date. All you need is a legislature and a ballot box…”
So basically, not only is it not unconstitutional to discriminate based on sex, but if that’s what the people want to do, it can be done through congressional means. Seriously?
Let’s not overlook Scalia’s homophobia. Like the conservative he was, he believed that homosexuality is immoral like…murder and bestiality? When asked by a gay college student at Princeton University why he made the comparison, this was his reply:
“If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”
I’ll just leave it right there. It doesn’t make sense no matter how you examine it. But to Scalia, it makes perfect “sense”. Being an LGBT is like being a murderer or someone into having sex with animals, it’s wrong. Conservatives believe homosexuality to be a sin. Judging by how many of them think, they believe it’s a crime worse than murder. Why? Because the Bible says so. Interestingly, that that one verse (Leviticus 18:22) in the entire 1000-plus page book is the only one they take extremely seriously.
There are other examples of Scalia’s hatred. (Feel free to google if you want.) But I think you pretty much get the idea. Surely, Republicans are upset that one of their favorite Justices have passed on, and are scurrying around looking for another to take his place doing whatever it takes to put another conservative justice in the judicial seat of power. In the meantime, I pass on mourning the loss of this man, a man against the humanity and progress of others. Rest in piss, Antonin Scalia.