Saturday, September 10, 2005

Requiem for Rehnquist?

Alan Dershowitz -- certainly no fan of late Chief Justice William Rehnquist -- took the occasion of Rehnquist's death to write a column excoriating the jurist for his alleged anti-semitic background and beliefs. I had heard that he bought a house in Vermont that had a restrictive covenant that barred sale of the property to ''any member of the Hebrew race.” But I had not heard before Dershowitz's allegation -- based on "several sources" who knew Rehnquist as a student at Stanford -- that "he had outraged Jewish classmates by goose-stepping and heil-Hitlering with brown-shirted friends in front of a dormitory that housed the school’s few Jewish students. He also was infamous for telling racist and anti-Semitic jokes. "

What's unclear is whether this attitude (if Dershowitz's comments are accurate) remained throughout Rehnquist's fairly long life; or was only the result of college-aged stupidity

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow that's pretty damning evidence. It's consistant with Richard Nixon's anti semetic comments with Billy Graham.