Sonia Sotomayor

Racist?

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That’s what many are saying.  What say you?

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12 Responses to “Sonia Sotomayor”

  1. Edward Carson Says:

    Why call her a racist? There is some truth to what she said. I do not think she is advocating such an ideological position.

  2. Dan The Man Says:

    I think that the term “racist” might be a bit strong but since that word is thrown around so easily these days, I might as well jump on the bandwagon too and agree.

    Mr. Carson, would it be ok to say that a white judge could offer a better decision than a black one? I thought justice was blind?

    The big issue here is not really what she said, although I think it is incredible. The bigger issue is the plain fact that Democrats tore apart minority canidates put forth by Republicans but are mum on this. Heck, they threw a tizzy over a public hair on a coke can but a Judge stating she can do better than a white man they say nothing. Neither do the media.

    With the White House actually coming out and threatening the GOP to watch what they say about her, I think that she bears very close inspection.

  3. iantrevor Says:

    The one quote that paints her as a racist has been taken completely out of context. The quote comes from a speech at UC Berkeley where Sotomayor was specifically addressing the role of judicial diversity in determining race and sex discrimination cases.

    Here’s the nefarious statement within its context:

    “Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am not so sure Justice O’Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes that line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor Martha Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.

    So no, if you take her comments within their intended boundaries, I don’t think Sotomayor comes across as racist, at all. And frankly, if this attack is the best that her detractors have, the confirmation should go off without a hitch.

  4. slick Says:

    Nothing is out of context. You see she disagrees with O’Connor that a wise old man or a wise old woman would reach the same decision. It’s only out of context in bizzaro world.

    Also, the fact she dissented on that appeal says a lot. That whole case should never be at the supreme court anyway.

    Also, there should be no “judicial diversity” Justice is blind.

    Since the White HOuse has now come out about this, are you going to change your tune now Ian so that you agree with Obama? lol

    Another thing…why is it an “attack” to discuss her own words? Oh, wait….that’s right. WHen it’s the GOP it’s an attack but when it’s the Democrats RIPPING into GOP nominees it’s ok.

  5. Robin Says:

    Everything seems like bizarro world lately with this administration in charge.

  6. Roland Says:

    Bizarro is right. That’s why you don’t hear from many of the Liberals who used to come to this site. All the times they tore into Bush or the GOP…well the Dems are doing the exact same thing. They just can’t defend him (or they do it but sound very lame).

  7. Pat Says:

    I think her statement was an insult to everyone involved, including Latinas! Don’t know who wrote her speech, but s/e was an idiot to put such a statement out there. Get real,people! She wants to be a Supreme Court judge? Neither her gender, her ethnic origins, nor her life circumstances are part of the equation. Her mother working 6 days a week has nothing to do with the law. Forget that stuff, let’s find out how well she knows the constitution and if she has any idea of how to interpret it. Doesn’t look too promising to me, since so many of her decisions have been overruled by the sitting Supreme Court

  8. Politics & Culture Says:

    This statement (ignorant as it is) doesn’t bother me as much as her ruling in the case involving the firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut. That ruling was stupid, indefensible, and judicial activism at it’s worst.

    I wish the Republicans would treat her the way Senator Obama treated Roberts and Alito. But they won’t. Most of them will just roll over.

  9. Robin Says:

    She should be judged on her qualifications, nothing else. Her rulings have been overturned 80% of the time. Talk radio, etc should be focusing on her record and qualifications.

  10. Roland Says:

    The sad thing is, Talk Radio IS focusing on that, the GOP is not.

  11. theNimrod Says:

    Calling her a racist is missing the point entirely. She is no more racist than the average AA detractor. She’s simply dead wrong. As others have alluded to above, under no circumstances should your race affect your ability to consistently interpret law. Keep in mind, too, that in having the discussion at this level we’re forgetting the more basic problem: that she feels jurists are part time legislators. She wants to change the world from the bench. This expansionist view of her job must precede her ability to come to the conclusion that a latina would come to a better conclusion than a white man. It’s wrong, and it’s dangerous.

    In or out of context, the statement irks me:

    “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

    Items that must hold true for this to not be complete hogwash:
    1 – Latina women have far more ‘rich’ experiences in the lives they lead than do white males.
    2 – That there is, in fact, a ‘better’ conclusion to reach. They interpret law, they don’t make it. Yes, there must be room for situational interpretation and independent thinking. If there weren’t we wouldn’t need judges. But how on earth does your race better equip you to judge than someone else’s!?

  12. Dan The Man Says:

    Mr. Carson, would you call what Trent Lott said at a Birthday party a few years ago for Strom as racist?

    How about Jimmy the Greek? Imus? Howard Cossell?

    Your logic that, simply because it is true, is not racist does not hold up. She said that one race can make a better decision than another in a court of law.

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