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NAACP Chairman Julian Bond Says Racism Has Increased During Obama’s Tenure

NAACP Chairman Julian Bond appeared on The Colbert Report Wednesday night to discuss the Voting Rights Act and his thoughts on julian bondJustice Scalia’s “racial entitlement” comments.

Colbert began by declaring racial discrimination over, a supposition which was wholly dismissed by Bond, who said that “if anything… racism has increased” during President Obama’s tenure.  “His presence angered many people who accused him of being President while black,” Bond added.

Colbert also asked Bond about Justice Scalia’s comments during last week’s oral arguments on the Voting Rights Act. Scalia said the Voting Rights Act has been reauthorized because of racial entitlement in this country.

“…I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this,” he said. “I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”

Regarding Justice Scalia’s inflammatory comments, Bond said, “He is the Rush Limbaugh of the Supreme Court. He says inappropriate things over and over again.”

Bond also didn’t have any kind words for Justice Clarence Thomas in answering  Colbert’s question on why he and Thomas view race so differently.

“I think Justice Thomas and I have lived different lives and we’ve drawn different lessons from the lives we’ve lived,” Bond said. “He thinks this way and I think that way, and I’m right.”



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