Why Not Affirmative Action For White Evangelicals?
When Republicans were
not to give
the drubbing Democrats
gave Robert Bork and Sam Alito—lest they be perceived as
sexist and racist by women and Hispanics—the threat was
credible, for it underscored a
new reality in American politics.
The Supreme Court, far from being
the last redoubt of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant in
America, reflects the
collapse of that WASP establishment, and a rising racial,
ethnic and gender consciousness and solidarity.
Consider. In 45 years, no Democratic
president has put a single white Protestant or Catholic
man or woman on the court.
Six nominees have been sent to
Congress by Democrats since 1964:
Thurgood Marshall, an African-American, four Jewish
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen Breyer—and one
wise Latina woman.
Not since JFK put All-American
on in 1962 have Democrats elevated a white Christian.
What about the Republicans?
Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
nominated seven to the court. All were white, all were
male, all were Protestant:
Harry Blackmun, Lewis Powell, William Rehnquist and John
Paul Stevens. No diversity there.
And from almost every standpoint,
Nixon and Ford failed.
Two of Nixon`s nominees, Haynsworth
and Carswell, were rejected. Three of the four Nixon
appointees who were elevated—Burger, Blackmun and
Roe v. Wade, which
turned out to be a stellar justice, among the best in a
Nixon had intended to appoint the
of California, but was dissuaded by late resistance.
Ford`s lone choice, John Paul
Stevens, was approved unanimously, went to the court,
turned left and has anchored the liberal wing for 34
With Reagan, nearly three decades
ago, Republican presidents became more ecumenical.
His first pick, as promised, was a
Sandra Day O`Connor. His second was the first
Italian-American ever to sit on the high court,
His third was Bork, a Protestant.
When Bork was rejected, Reagan chose
a Jewish judge and colleague of Bork`s on the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the District of Columbia. When Ginsburg
was pulled because of a
marijuana incident in college days, Reagan went with
Anthony Kennedy, an Irish Catholic judge from his home
state of California.
Kennedy and O`Connor became swing
votes and unreliable as constitutional conservatives.
But, on diversity grounds, Reagan can hardly be faulted.
George H.W. Bush chose David Souter,
a white Protestant from New Hampshire, who followed
Stevens left, and Clarence Thomas, an African-American
from Pin Point, Ga. Thomas was
but his counter-charge of having been subjected to a
Democrats back on their heels and drove a wedge between
party liberals and feminists and Democratic
In replacing Chief Justice Rehnquist
and O`Connor with John Roberts and Alito, George W. Bush
succeeded as no other Republican president since World
War II. He had not only tilted the court to
constitutionalism, but also replaced two white
Protestant justices with two white Catholic justices,
one of whom is the
on the court.
Where does that leave the court
When Sotomayor is approved by the
Senate, the court will, in terms of religious
minorities, consist of six Catholics, two Jews and one
Protestant. Ethnically, there will be one
African-American, one Hispanic American, one
Irish-American, two Jewish-Americans, two Italian
Americans and two Anglos.
is it not?
And who is the least represented
minority in America on the U.S. Supreme Court? Not
Catholics, who have two-thirds of the seats. Not
Jewish-Americans, who though 2 percent of the
population, have 22 percent of the seats. Not
African-Americans, who at 13 percent of the population
have 11 percent of the seats. And not Hispanics, who at
15 percent of the population will have 11 percent of the
No, the most underrepresented group
of Americans—nay, the most unrepresented minority, the
largest group of our fellow citizens never to have had
one of its own sit on the U.S. Supreme Court in the
modern era is—Evangelical
They are more numerous than
Catholics, who at 24 percent of the population have 67
percent of the seats on the court. And, for Republicans,
they are a far more reliable
than Catholics—not to mention Hispanics, Jews and
African-Americans, all of whom voted somewhere between
two to one and 20 to one for Obama.
Republicans should now be searching
for highly qualified Evangelical Christian judges and
constitutional scholars, women as well as men—and, when
falsely accused of being
"anti-woman," ought to reply:
"What do you liberals have against
white Christians, man or woman, not
to have named one in 45 years?"
Everybody can play the diversity
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