Conservatives Making the Case for Affirmative Action

by Brien Jackson

I think Adam Serwer is on to something here, but I don’t think he’s really got the right angle. It’s true that conservatives are employing an obvious double standard with regards to Sotomayor, and in theory that proves the continued need for affirmative action, but at the same time, I really don’t see the same conservatives having any problem employing the same double standards in the event that Obama had nominated a center-left white male for the Court. The media perhaps, but conservatives were going to pull out the knives regardless.

On the other hand, it does seem to me that if you believe a student who graduated summa cum laude, received the highest award Princeton bestows on an undergraduate, and edited the Yale Law Journal never would have even been admitted were it not for affirmative action policies, then you’ve made about as solid a case for the efficacy of affirmative action as anyone ever has.