(CNN)Adapted from "The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts" by Joan Biskupic. Copyright © 2019. Available from Basic Books.

Now that he holds the decisive vote at the center of the US Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts has been moderating positions as he tries to ensure the court does not lunge too far to the right. But there is one area of the law where he is likely to remain uncompromising: race.

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race," Roberts has insisted, expressing a view that can be documented back to his service in the Ronald Reagan administration in the early 1980s.

His opinion arises from fundamental notions of how individuals succeed in America and reflects his personal experience and understanding of the Constitution.


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