Killing a Dream

After having ruled public school segregation unconstitutional, the Supreme Court stopped caring

Clark said, "I saw this white kid. He was around 11 or 12. And he was saying, 'Look, this segregation is increasing bigotry.' "

If this aftermath of the briefs to the Supreme Court subverting Brown, which John Roberts signed, at all bothered him, there is no such indication in his now voluminous record. And he smoothly testified in his confirmation hearings that he stands by Brown v. Board. During those hearings, Democratic senator Richard Durbin of Illinois asked Roberts, "What are your core values?"

Aside from Roberts's reaching the now realized pinnacle of his ambitions, that still remains a core question. In my head, I hear Hank Williams's song "Cold, Cold Heart" when I think of the new chief justice.

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