Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sotomayor Made Other Sexist Comments

Sotomayor's widely publicized comment about a Hispanic women making better decision then White man;

"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" (first reported at Berman Post: Obama Nominates Sonia Sotomayor For Supreme Court Justice).

appears not to be her first such comment. This strongly cuts against the notion that it was a poor word choice or some sort of joke. That is what her supporters have been pushing lately to diffuse the situation.

In this new quote, which she actually said chronologically before the one copied above, does not mention race. In it she said that a woman would make a better decision then a man; stating her disagreement to Justice O'Connor's cited statement that a wise man and wise women would reach the same conclusion. This new statement does not have any racist overtones, but certainly has sexist overtones.


Here’s what she said in the 1994 speech:

“Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that “a wise old man and a wise old woman reach the same conclusion in dueling cases. I am not so sure Justice O’Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes the line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, if Prof. Martha Minnow is correct, there can never be a universal definition of ‘wise.’ Second, I would hope that a wise woman with the richness of her experience would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion.”

That’s virtually identical to the comments from 2001 that have generated days and days of controversy.


Past related posts:
Berman Post: Supreme Court Justice David Souter Will Retire
Berman Post: Obama Comments On Supreme Court Justice David Souter's Retirement
Berman Post: Specter's Defection May Hurt Obama in Picking a New Supreme Court Justice
Berman Post:
Berman Post: Obama Nominates Sonia Sotomayor For Supreme Court Justice
Berman Post: Is Sotomayor a Racist?
Berman Post: When Life Experience Apparently Matters (in Politics)
Berman Post: Harry Reid on Sotomayor - "She's Written Hundreds And Hundreds of Opinions. I Haven't Read a Single One of Them"

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