Ocasio-Cortez: It Is ‘Profoundly Disrespectful’ For Clarence Thomas To Say Blacks Are Not ‘Victims’
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a joint committee hearing with the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability and House Committee on House Administration at the U.S. Capitol Building on June 07, 2023 in Washington, DC. The joint hearing was held to discuss reforms in voting laws in the District of Columbia.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed over the weekend that Supreme Court Justice Clarence was “profoundly disrespectful” for writing in his concurrence with the Court’s overwhelming 6-3 ruling that race-based college admissions are illegal that blacks are not “victims.”

Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks during a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Dana Bash.

“The two black justices on the court, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, had a really blistering debate that we don’t usually see in decisions,” Bash said. “Here is part of what Justice Thomas wrote.”

Bash highlighted the following:

Justice Jackson uses her broad observations about statistical relationships between race and select measures of health, wealth and well-being to label all blacks as victims. Her desire to do so is unfathomable to me. … It is an insult to individual achievement and cancerous to young minds seeking to push through barriers. … Their race is not to blame for everything — good or bad — that happens in their lives.

When asked what her response was to Thomas’ words, AOC responded: “I mean, what Justice Clarence Thomas wrote there, I believe, is profoundly disrespectful to — to — I just think it was profoundly disrespectful to his colleague.”

AOC claimed that Thomas wrote what he did about Jackson “due to some sort of inferior or less than really thought out of a stance.”

“I think it’s profoundly insulting. And I think that he really demonstrated his character, frankly, and his worldview in that critique himself,” she added.


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