In my column today at the Examiner, I note that the Supreme Court is hearing not one, not two, but three race-based cases this term, and that they should spur all the conversation Eric Coward Holder could want. It’s important stuff. Please read. Meanwhile, a strict word limit kept me from being able to give enough credit where it was due, so, for the record, let me give two heads-up, one to Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute for alerting me to the two Cato briefs mentioned, and the other to Hans von Spakovsky, now of the Heritage Foundation, for alerting me to the Heritage brief. The reason I couldn’t list names is because there are so many of them: In addition to Hans, the other former DoJ Civil Rights Division lawyers who joined Abigail Thernstrom’s amicus brief are Joel Ard, Karl S. Bowers, Jr., Robert N. Driscoll, and Reagan era hero William Bradford Reynolds.
Also, it’s worth noting that the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Center for Equal Opportunity, both of whom were mentioned as co-filers with CATO in one case, also filed an excellent separate amicus brief in the redistricting case in conjunction with Project 21. I wish I could have gone into more depth on all the briefs, and given enough credit where due, but I had to keep in mind a daily newspaper audience as opposed to an audience of legal beagles.
To quote Chief Justice Roberts, “it is a sordid thing, this divvying us up by race.” Here’s hoping a majority of the court agrees, in all three cases mentioned — and that Holder doesn’t have a fit when they do.
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