I don't often approach political issues, because I really don't have the time. We have become so calloused to incredulity over the past year, that few things shock me, but the frank, joyful bias of the newest Supreme court nominee compelled me to take a moment out of my day.
“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,” said Judge Sotomayor. source
Isn't this the definition of prejudice? She's made all kinds of caveats to smooth over the fact that she believes white males have inferior life experience than her own race and gender, but you cant erase this statement from her record. I don't care what race she is. Anyone who says, " __any race and gender__ will make better decisions than __any race and gender__." Is a racist, and a sexist. If you want to test this, exchange the two people groups in this statement, and consider if it's acceptable.
Will she allow her racist, sexist perspective to effect her judgements? Here is her own confession:
"I simply do not know exactly what the difference will be in my judging," she said in a speech in 2002. "But I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage." source
Again, if you can't see the bigotry in this statement, please take a moment to imagine a "white male" judge saying this about his heritage. (You know, the one who can't come up with a better judgement than a Latina.)
I have other reservations, based on things she has said, but these two statements stand out brilliantly. She might know more about the law than I do, but she believes her race gives her an edge. This is unacceptable in an American court, even in traffic court. I simply don't understand how this person could be considered as a Supreme Court Justice.
They are going to have to remove that blindfold from Lady Justice.