Chief Justice John Roberts has at times staked out the middle ground on the conservative-dominated Supreme Court – as in June when he tried to prevent the majority from completely overturning federal abortion rights. But when it comes to race and such issues as school integration and redistricting, Roberts has been unyielding in decrying, the “sordid business, this divvying us up by race.”
That was the John Roberts on the elevated bench Monday, as the justices heard nearly five hours of tense arguments over affirmative action.
The chief justice repeated his enduring view that race should not matter, and he denounced admissions practices that consider
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