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Clarence Thomas compares Affirmative Action policies to segregation

Justice Clarence Thomas joined in a majority opinion today sending the Supreme Court's affirmative action case back to a lower court.

But in a concurring opinion on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Thomas added his own take, arguing against affirmative action policies and comparing the school's justifications to those of Jim Crow-era segregationists.

Thomas says that the “University echoes the hollow justifications advanced by the segregationists" and that there "is no principled distinction" between the two.