Black Law Prof Accuses Justice Scalia of Being a ‘Klansman’

Antonin Scalia

( – Outraging millions of Americans, a Black law professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, has declared that late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was “basically” a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Scalia, a conservative and strict constructionist regarding the law, was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and served until he died in 2016.

The late justice was accused of being “basically a Klansman” by law professor Darren Hutchinson, who is also the chief diversity officer of the Emory University law school, The College Fix reported.

Hutchinson’s comment about Antonin Scalia was made in a tweet containing a Facebook status.

He said he was teaching a seminar on “critical race theory,” a subsection of Marxist-Communist ideology.

In the seminar, Hutchinson reviewed a 1987 ruling of the Supreme Court on the death penalty and racism in McCleskey v. Kemp.

According to the Emory University professor, Justice Scalia served the KKK agenda when he and four other justices rejected a claim of racial bias in a death penalty case.

To support his claim, Hutchinson cited Scalia’s memo to other justices. In it, the conservative judge said that his opinion wouldn’t be changed even if it was shown there was racial bias in sentencing.

“The late justice was a devout Catholic, which made him a member of a group targeted for violence and hatred by the KKK,” the report noted.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley slammed Hutchinson’s claim that Antonin Scalia was a “Klansman.”

“The case has long generated debate with many law professors disagreeing with the Court’s holding. However, one can disagree with the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court without labeling such jurists as white robbed racists,” Prof. Turley wrote on his blog.

He added that Hutchinson’s KKK comparison would prevent his students from arguing in favor of the decision, discouraging free speech.

“If the professor maintains that anyone supporting the decision is effectively a klansman, it is hard to see how students in his class would feel comfortable in voicing such a view,” Turley wrote.

“Indeed, such pedagogical positions may explain why 60 percent of students reportedly fear sharing their views in classes,” he elaborated.

The GWU professor also emphasized that one of Hutchinson’s titles at the Emory University law school was “director of community and inclusion.”