Winsome Sears, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, reportedly referred to Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as a diversity hire on Thursday when discussing Jackson’s disagreement with the court’s affirmative action ruling.
In a ruling that could significantly impact college admissions procedures across the nation, the Supreme Court rejected the affirmative action practices of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.
Martha MacCallum, the presenter of Fox News, asked Sears how she would respond to Jackson and the other dissenting justices, who argued that the court’s decision was a step backward for equality.
“Well, what you have is a justice who was chosen because she’s black and because she’s a woman. That’s what we’re understanding now, what a woman is.” Sears said.
After a group called Students for Fair Admissions filed a lawsuit against the two prestigious universities, charging them of unjustly considering race in admissions decisions, the affirmative action issue ended up before the Supreme Court.
The organization cited the impressive test results of white and Asian American applicants who were turned down.
The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment was violated by the University of North Carolina, according to the Supreme Court, and the race-based admissions policies at Harvard violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.