Scalia's brush with reality drew immediate criticism, but no empirical evidence that he was wrong.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) played the date card in lieu of logic, claiming the judge's astuteness was "a throwback ... to a time that America left behind a half a century ago."
Liberals frequently announce the date as a ubiquitous argument to defend their lunacy.
In 2007 James Watson made a Galileoan slip when he acknowledged sub-Sarhan Africans and blacks in general are intellectually challenged. Watson is a Nobel Prize winner, molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist who is best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA.
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“I don’t think,” Mr. Scalia said, “it stands to reason that it’s a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many blacks as possible.” He was addressing Gregory G. Garre, the lawyer defending the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action policy, which supplements the automatic admission of top-ranking students from all high schools across the state with the use of race as one factor in a “holistic” approach to admissions.
In asking such a pointed question, Mr. Scalia was stepping into a long debate over what has been called the mismatch theory of college admissions.
The proponents of the “mismatch effect” say that large allowances based on a student’s race are harmful to those who receive them, that they learn less than they would if they attended a college more closely matched to their level of academic preparation, receive lower grades, become academically discouraged and socially segregated. Critics say that the “mismatch” research is based on flawed assumptions that cannot be validated by other researchers, and that the evidence is more likely to show that all students, regardless of race, benefit from enrolling at the most challenging college that will accept them.
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