Updated: May 1
But do you remember the actual context of the line? He wrote it in his opinion in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1. The PICS case was about a Seattle desegregation program. Roberts ruled that the program wasn’t narrowly tailored enough to survive.
The only mollifying influence was Kennedy, who wrote separately agreeing with Roberts on some points, but agreeing with the liberals on others. Roberts was willing to throw out Seattle’s entire desegregation program, because in his world “the way to stop discriminating on the basis of race” means that we have to stop making black kids GO TO SCHOOL with white children.