The Senate Judiciary committee is about to hold a hearing on the Senate’s nomination of Judge Richard Posner to the federal bench, which is a major milestone in the history of affirmative action.
The committee is the only body that has a chance to get to the bottom of the Senate floor’s long-standing problem with affirmative action, and the hearings will be an important one.
Here are a few questions we want answered: Who is Judge Posner?
Judge Posney, who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, is a nationally prominent conservative who clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.
He is also the author of the forthcoming book, The Second Amendment and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
He served on Judge Thomas’ appellate court for five years, from 2002 to 2007.
He retired in 2007 and then went to work at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.
He has served on a number of high-profile Supreme Court cases, including a 2008 opinion upholding the constitutionality of New York’s “stop-and-frisk” policy.
What does he think of affirmative race-based affirmative action?
He says affirmative action is “an inherently racist policy.”
In the past, he has argued that “there is an implicit racial bias that exists in the legal system.”
He added, “If you look at a lot of affirmative-action cases, the Supreme Court has said they are not discriminating against anybody, and it is not a violation of constitutional rights.”
Does he think affirmative action should be abolished?
It is the most important and the most effective way to remedy the imbalance in our justice system.”
Is affirmative action inherently racist?
I do not believe that it is inherently racist.
The fact that you have a large number of African Americans on the bench does not make it inherently racist.”
What’s the big picture of affirmative actions?
Posner is the first judge on the federal judiciary to be confirmed to the bench.
The federal judiciary is the primary source of employment and legal services for millions of Americans.
If confirmed, he will be the first Hispanic to ever hold a bench seat on the Supreme a job that has traditionally been reserved for white males.
What will happen next?
The hearing will be held on Wednesday.
But it will also be followed by a public hearing Thursday.
The Senate is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday and Tuesday.
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