Wednesday, May 27, 2009

No Racists or Sexists on the Supreme Court!

Sotomayor is a racist, pure and simple. The fact that she had a speech appear in La Raza's journal (La Raza means "The Race" -- can you imagine a white justice up for the Supreme Court having a speech in a magazine put out by whites called "The Race"?), a journal by a racist organization, is bad enough. But why focus on where the speech was printed when you can focus on what she actually said that for a judge, 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 white males don't have rich experiences? What nonsense! This is both outright racism and outright sexism on her part. Race and gender have nothing to do with the ability to determine if a law is constitutional or not. Does a "Latina woman" (why shouldn't we make fun of her for that redundancy?) have better interpretation skills? Or determine if the rule of law is being followed? Of course, what she is really saying in this comment about the "richness of her experience" is that she has no intention of following the rule of law. She's going to let that "experience" inform her decisions, meaning -- let's be honest here -- her emotions. Dear Lord! Can she be reinforcing stereotypes any more than this? These are the very worst features of a judge. I don't want a judge who will bring his or her prejudices and biases to bear on their decisions. But that's what she's promising to do. Anyone who brings prejudices, emotions, and racist/sexist attitudes to the bench has no intention of abiding by rule of law or the Constitution. All of this disqualifies her to be a judge at a dog show, let alone for the Supreme Court.

I would also say that any judge who was overturned by the Supreme Court ever -- let alone as often as she was -- is perhaps not qualified to be on the Supreme Court.
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