Watch out, because I may just turn into a Chief Roberts‘ groupie. The all-time, most succinct rebuttal of race-based preferences (from affirmative action to school busing) is found on pages 40-41 of the Court’s opinion in Parents Involved in Community Schoosl v. Seattle School District No. 1, wherein Chief Roberts reasons that:
The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Justice Thomas cuts even deeper into the dissenters’ quick by citing to Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U. S 483 (1954), and Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U. S. 537 (1896), as support for the Court’s decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools. In his concurrence, he reveals that:
Disfavoring a color-blind interpretation of the Constitution, the dissent would give school boards a free hand to make decisions onthe basis of race—an approach reminiscent of that advocated by the segregationists in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U. S 483 (1954). This approach is just as wrong today as it was a half-century ago.
Justice Thomas then puts the nail in the coffin, quoting to Justice Harlan’s dissent from Plessy:
The plans before us base school assignment decisions on students’ race. Because “[o]ur Constitution is color-blind,and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens,” such race-based decisionmaking is unconstitutional.
Thx to the Parents Involved in Community Schools majority