Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia recently passed away February 13th of this year, which has created a frenzy in the political world. The importance of selecting a new Supreme Court justice to replace him, has many nervous about the direction that lies ahead for the powers that be. Republicans currently running for the next presidency have spoke out against President Obama selecting the new Supreme Court Justice, and vowed to block any nominee he chooses.
It really boils down to cases currently pending in the Supreme Court and is a huge tug of war between conservatives and liberals on who will take the seat. Justice Scalia was a known conservative and his passing has made the scale even between liberals and conservatives currently holding seats. Whoever is chosen will give either party a majority position in the court.
When I think of Justice Scalia, I recall the most recent controversy surrounding him and his racially unfriendly comments made against blacks. To the tune of
“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school, where they do well,” Scalia said. He cited a brief that, he said, “pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools” where they do not feel they’re being pushed in classes “that are too fast for them.”
Of course I was insulted and very bothered by his comments, and I’m pleasantly pleased his seat is up for grabs. Of course it’s unfortunate when anyone passes suddenly and unexpectedly. My condolences to his family. It will be very interesting to see who replaces him as his replacement stands to serve for many years in the Supreme Court.