Sunday, January 29, 2006

Why I worry about Alito

Via TalkLeft, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law looks at the record, and finds that:
During his 15 years on the bench and participation in thousands of cases, Judge Alito has never written an employment discrimination opinion in favor of an African American on the merits of their race claim. Judge Alito attempted to downplay this point by referencing five cases where he was supposedly supportive of race-based claims. However, our research revealed that these five cases do not support the argument made by Judge Alito and his supporters.
I don't think Alito is a racist. Maybe he is, but no one has put anything conclusive out there to indicate that. But, as they say, the opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference. Judge Alito doesn't have to hate minorities, he just has to be indifferent to the abundantly obvious fact that racism exists in others.

The days of Jim Crow are over. Discrimination is no longer expressed with signs saying "Whites only." That's good, but it isn't the end of the story. Racists are out there, and all it takes for that evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing, exactly what Judge Alito did.