In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race.
— Justice Harry Blackmun, 1978
The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
— Chief Justice John Roberts, 2007
Blackmun was concurring in the Bakke decision, which created the higher education “diversity” exception to the equal protection principle: Racial preferences in admissions to a public university do not violate the principle of equal protection of the…