WASHINGTON D.C. ~ On Wednesday, six Catholics and three Jews will consider a challenge to the use of diversity in undergraduate admissions at the University of Texas in Austin. The nine justices all hold degrees from either Harvard or Yale. Seven are in long-term opposite sex relationships.
Justice Thomas was appointed by President George W. Bush after a search committee concluded him to be “the nation’s first and only reliably conservative black guy.”
In appointing Justice Kagan, President Obama hit what experts call “The Diversity Trifecta;” a Jewish woman who openly prefers “basketball” to “exercise class.”
Sandra Day O’Connor, the nation’s first female Supreme Court Justice, was nominated by Ronald Reagan, thereby fulfilling a campaign promise to “get a woman — any woman — on the court.” Today the retired O’Connor has a site devoted in part to the Bill of Rights, a document that — effective with the release of Citizens United — the court no longer considers important when crafting opinions.