In a 58-page dissent, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor scathingly attacked the Supreme Court's decision in the Michigan affirmative action case.
Reading a portion of her dissent from the bench, Justice Sotomayor said: "This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society."
Chief Justice John Roberts turned to her and tartly accused her of "question[ing] the openness and candor" of the right-wingers on the court.
Justice Roberts would NEVER have done responded in open court like that to a male colleague.