MATTHEWS: Shameful reactions to SCOTUS affirmative action ruling 

FILE - The Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon, April 19, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the race-based college admissions processes used by Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) violated the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, effectively striking down the use of affirmative action programs in college admissions. 

“University programs must comply with strict scrutiny; they may never use race as a stereotype or negative, and — at some point — they must end,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. “Respondents’ admissions systems — however well-intentioned and implemented in good faith — fail each of these criteria. They must therefore be invalidated under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.” 

Similar to their reactions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer, Democrats, progressive activists, and their media allies melted down, and in the process put on a shameful display in essentially suggesting that black people could not succeed without affirmative action. 

For instance, the New York Times wrote in a breaking news tweet that “the major ruling curtails race-conscious college admissions in the U.S., all but ensuring that elite institutions become whiter and more Asian and less black and Latino.” 

Career Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) pinned the blame squarely on Justice Clarence Thomas. 

“Clarence Thomas has just struck a blow against children of color being able to get educated, take positions of power, and eradicate discrimination and racism that denies full equality and opportunity,” Waters raged on Twitter. 

Former Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Catherine Christian, a Democrat, predicted we’d see only three students of color at law schools in the aftermath of the ruling. 

“You’re going to go back to a three-person, black-person class in a class of 200, and that’s just not a good thing,” Christian said on MSNBC. 

And if that wasn’t bad enough, there was this disgusting message failed former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien wrote to Asian-American activist Yiatin Chu, the latter of who had applauded the ruling on behalf of her daughter and all Asian-Americans who have been passed over in higher ed so just so universities could meet a quota. 

“Congrats on screwing over other people of color, ma’am! (Particularly those whose efforts in civil rights paved the way for your family to come to America!),” O’Brien whined as if Asian Americans should be required to sit back and accept unlawful discrimination over some perceived debt they allegedly owe to the black community. 

Conservative writer A.G. Hamilton hit the nail on the head in his reply to O’Brien. 

“That mother was fighting to ensure that our country lived up to our ideals and it was no longer legal to discriminate against her daughter based on her race. Lecturing her about how she just should have accepted such discrimination because it makes you feel better is gross.” 


As they did after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, many on the left are showing their true colors once again. And they are ugly and dare I say a tiny bit un-American? 

This is in part why I get giddy when landmark rulings are handed down by our nation’s highest court. Because when they go against the activist left, we get a very revealing look into who they really are, and believe me, they reaffirmed to us who they really are last week. 

North Carolina native Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah and is a media analyst and regular contributor to RedState and Legal Insurrection.