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Alito’s Quip About Black Children in KKK Outfits Creates Awkward Supreme Court Moment

Justice Samuel Alito

Justice Samuel Alito

Photographer: Erin Schaff/The New York Times/Bloomberg

Justice Samuel Alito made a quip about Black children wearing Ku Klux Klan outfits at the US Supreme Court Monday.

During arguments about a website designer who refuses to create wedding sites for same-sex unions, Alito asked a lawyer whether a Black Santa Claus hypothetically could be forced to have a photo taken with a child in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. The query was a follow-up to an earlier line of questions from Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.