Last Thursday, the Supreme Court struck down race-based university admissions policies for violating the 14th Amendment. In response, the far-left cable news outlet MSNBC went into full meltdown mode, decrying the Court as racist while fearmongering over the return of discrimination and segregation.
During one panel discussion, MSNBC host Al Sharpton pulled out all of the stops, claiming that barring universities from accepting students based on the color of their skin was “tantamount to sticking a dagger in our back,” the Daily Caller reported.
Sharpton told MSNBC guest host Alicia Witt that when the Supreme Court said that considering race is unconstitutional, the Court did not consider “the racial history of the country.”
Sharpton suggested that blacks are behind in education because it was illegal to teach blacks to read and write 160 years ago. He also implied that blacks are behind because blacks were slaves until 160 years ago. He argued that the state of things 160 years ago is why affirmative action is “needed.”
Sharpton also blasted what he called the “right-wing Trump Court,” noting that a third of the Supreme Court justices were nominated by President Trump and claiming that the affirmative action decision amounted to the Court pulling “the rug from under you.”
Sharpton fretted that corporations and others in the private sector may use the Supreme Court decision to stop race-based hiring, even those companies that “made pledges around the George Floyd movement.”
Saying the ruling is a “tremendous setback,” Sharpton also called for resistance from “every corner,” including the Justice Department and the states, adding that not considering race is “unimaginable.”
The Court heard two affirmative action cases, one challenging the University of North Carolina’s race-based admissions policy and a second challenging Harvard University’s. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, a former Harvard official, recused herself from the Harvard case. In the UNC case, the Justices struck down the policy 6 to 3, with all three liberal justices dissenting. In the Harvard case, the decision was 6 to 2, with Justices Elana Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting.