She said: “I never expected a member of the Supreme Court would also publicly declare African Americans were intellectually challenged because of their skin color.” Justice Scalia never said that, not even close. He was trying to do what President Lyndon Johnson wanted to do when he said: “You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say you are free to compete with all the others, and still just believe that you have been completely fair.”

State Rep. Vanessa Brown, D-Phila., is chairwoman of and writes for the 24 members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. She made a big faux-pas about Justice Scalia. He never said what she alleges he said. Where did she get the wrong idea about skin color causing intelligence?

OTOH, is she expressing a widely held belief among the PLBC? If so, she’s a big problem for race relations.

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