Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Is Sotomayor a Racist?

There are some people that are attacking Sotomayor by saying that she is racist. Is she actually a racist? It seems to me that she has made not only a racist comment, but a sexist one as well:

""I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life," Sotomayor said in that speech, describing how life experience can inform judicial opinions."

Saying that a 'Hispanic Female' would reach a better conclusion then a 'White Male' can only be described as racist/sexist. Some term it reverse racism/sexism but the basic meaning is the same.

Does that mean that she is racist or has made racist comments? Is there a difference?

Perhaps more to the point, should this disqualify her as the next Supreme Court Justice? I do not think that one slip of the tong should destroy a persons life, though I have not seen any sort of retraction. If she actually believes this then that could be a problem.

As bad as that concept within that quote is, there is another that disturbs me. The richness of someone's experience should not effect someones legal conclusions. A judges job is to apply the law. Where the judge grew up should have no impact on applying the law.

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