The Supreme Court handed a victory Monday to a group of white firefighters charging racial discrimination, while also giving some fodder to critics of President Barack Obama’s pending nominee for the high court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for a court split 5-4 along ideological lines, reversed an appeals court ruling Sotomayor joined last year that rejected a claim that the City of New Haven, Conn., discriminated against white firefighters  by throwing out a promotional exam after all the African-American firefighters who took it scored too poorly to be promoted.

“Whatever the City’s ultimate aim — however well intentioned or benevolent it might have seemed — the City made its employment decision because of race. The City rejected the test results solely because the higher scoring candidates were white,” Kennedy wrote on behalf of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Kennedy said that allowing the city’s conduct would establish “a de facto quota system” where test results could be discarded whenever a particular racial group didn’t achieve the average score. link

This should serve as a signal to congress to carefully scrutinize Sotomayor’s previous rulings during her upcoming SCOTUS nomination hearings. Considering her past anti-2nd amendment statements, as well as her racially charged comments and misguided rulings, she is clearly not the kind of person we need sitting on the highest court in the land. We need SCOTUS judges who will rule based on the original intent our founding fathers articulated so carefully in the constitution.

The last thing we need is someone who sees the constitution as malleable and who is willing to rewrite our most sacred documents based on racial agendas and misguided ideology.