Friday, October 22, 2010

N-word for no one?

Former Michigan Supreme Court justice Elizabeth Weaver has come out against the re-election campaign of her long-time foe on the bench Robert Young Jr. accusing him of using the N-word during a private conference. She says this shows he should not be re-elected.
Young, who is black, does not deny it nor does he recall using the word.

Perhaps I am confused here, but I thought the only people who could get away with using pejorative terms about minority groups were members of those minority groups. And I thought that if they were criticized for using such terms, it should be by fellow members of the minority group.

I think this is a pretty good example of the level of animosity that had existed on the court while Justice Weaver was there. Is the former justice actually suggesting that the highest ranking black person in Michigan is prejudiced, and she is the best person to judge him? Get real.


Blogger Phil said...

Sorry Roger, but you don't get it. Justice Weaver is not suggesting that Justice Young is not qualified to serve as a justice because he is prejudiced against African-Americans. Rather, she points out that his conduct, during the conference meetings held to discuss cased argued before the high court, was juvenile, cavalier and not keeping with the decorum expected and required by our state's highest judicial officials.
Do you really think that name-calling, such as Justice Young likes to do, is appropriate conduct by a Michigan supreme court justice? I, and most people, would think not.

October 23, 2010 at 6:19 AM 

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