In the recent case, Justice Thomas takes apart the dissenting opinion of Justice Jackson, In an opinion that concurs with the majority, he disassembles the dissenting opinion of Justice Jackson with his own brand of constitutional wisdom.
“This vision of meeting social racism with government-imposed racism is thus self-defeating, resulting in a never-ending cycle of victimization,” his response to Jackson concluded. “There is no reason to continue down that path. In the wake of the Civil War, the Framers of the Fourteenth Amendment charted a way out: a colorblind Constitution that requires the government to, at long last, put aside its citizens’ skin color and focus on their individual achievements.”
Raced based admissions policies, and indeed the whole experience of Affirmative Acton policies were premised on the idea that America was paying a price for our original sin. What is has evolved into is a practice of one person paying a penance for a sin that they did not personally commit, As Justice Thomas so capably pointed out, when one person benefits from a race-based policy, another person suffers based solely on the color of his skin. This does not comport with the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
Perhaps now, with the help of Justice Thomas, America can begin to move beyond race and begin to evaluate people based solely on the content of their character.