How affirmative action divides two justices
Why compare two Supreme Court justices in this week's Overtime video? Because Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas are the two justices who "benefited" from affirmative action -- they both went to Yale Law School in the 1970s when an aggressive affirmative action policy was in place -- and they have both spoken candidly on 60 Minutes (her, this week; him, in 2007) about the role that affirmative action played in their lives. The trouble is: they couldn't disagree more.
"He resents affirmative action. She embraces affirmative action," says 60 Minutes producer Henry Schuster. "These two people who should have so much in common suddenly become the yin and yang of this experience."
And here's why it matters that the two minority justices are at odds: Affirmative action in higher education is hanging in the balance, as we await a decision on Fisher vs. University of Texas. 60 Minutes legal analyst Andrew Cohen visits Overtime this week to tell us more.
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