MSNBC co-host Touré on Friday scolded Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for arguing against the Voting Rights Act and calling the effect of that legislation a “racial entitlement.”
Touré, who appeared with MSNBC host Martin Bashir, found the argument Scalia advanced offensive and called the language the justice used “completely racist.”
“I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this. I think it’s attributable – very likely attributable – to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement,” Scalia said in Supreme Court arguments about the constitutionality of portions of the VRA. “It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political process.”
Bashir accused the Supreme Court justice of delivering a political speech from the bench. Touré agreed, noting that the Court has become more politicized in recent years, even becoming the equivalent of a second Congress.
“Is fairness a racial entitlement?” Touré asked. “Is protecting people’s right to vote a racial entitlement?”
“We have these shenanigans happening all the time,” he continued. “And protecting them is an entitlement? So, you’re giving us the right to vote, as if we were the takers in this game of makers and takers?”
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