I'm not even going to pretend that this a political blog (or I should more accurately say, a judicial watch blog) but the constant exposure to Sonia Sotomayor's "wise Latina" quote, taken out of context is -- to put it mildly -- disappointing to me.
Dirty GOP politics is nothing new, but that the mainstream media keeps repeating the quote out of context thus doing the GOP's dirty work for them is pretty scary.
Why such a sophomoric smear campaign? In Sotomayor's own words,
You could argue that those words are proven right by the storm brewing around her right now, but I'll let you decide on your own. I trust that my fellow Americans are capable to form an opinion based on facts, something that talk radio seems to think is impossible.
Here is the offending 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.
Let us not forget
that wise men like Oliver Wendell Holmes and Justice Cardozo voted on
cases which upheld both sex and race discrimination in our society.
Until 1972, no Supreme Court case ever upheld the claim of a woman in a
gender discrimination case. I, like Professor Carter, believe that we
should not be so myopic as to believe that others of different
experiences or backgrounds are incapable of understanding the values
and needs of people from a different group. Many are so capable. As
Judge Cedarbaum pointed out to me, nine white men on the Supreme Court
in the past have done so on many occasions and on many issues including
However, to understand takes time and effort, something that not all people are willing to give.
Does this sound like a racist to you? I get that "racist" is a charge that is guaranteed to get you press, but it also makes you look desperate when it is thrown about so cheaply.
(And yes, Hispanic is not a race, but the concept is clearly too difficult for people to understand right now. Let's keep things simple.)
Read the complete speech here and make up your own mind.