You know, its pretty sad when, in order to imply that Roberts is a racist, his critics must reach back to housing discrimination and race riots that took place in his hometown when he was a teenager.
LONG BEACH, Ind. – Like most towns across America, the exclusive lakefront community where Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. grew up during the racially turbulent 1960s and ’70s once banned the sale of homes to nonwhites and Jews.
Just three miles from the nearly all-white community of Long Beach, two days of looting and vandalism erupted when Roberts was 15, barely intruding on the Mayberry-like community that was largely insulated from the racial strife of that era.
It was here that the 50-year-old Roberts lived from elementary school until he went away to Harvard in 1973, and that decade — as well as the rest of his life — is receiving intense scrutiny as the Senate gears up for its Sept. 6 confirmation hearings on President Bush’s first Supreme Court nominee.
Come on. They’re scrutinizing his childhood? His high school years? Are they going to find out that he once had a few beers before he was of age? Maybe spray-painted his girlfriend’s name on the city water tower?
I thought the only qualifications we were looking for in Roberts as a Supreme Court nominee related to his ability to apply law to given situations. Was Roberts writing briefs and motions between little league games and piano lessons?
By Rob Port of Say Anything.