“I’m sure she would have restated it,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with NBC News. “But if you look in the entire sweep of the essay that she wrote, what’s clear is that she was simply saying that her life experiences will give her information about the struggles and hardships that people are going through — that will make her a good judge.”Two problems have arisen with Obama's claim. First, Sotomayor has said basically the same thing on at least seven other occasions.
Secondly, Obama requested that we "look at the entire sweep of the essay that she wrote" in order for us to understand that "her life experiences will giver her information about the struggles... that people are going through." Unfortunately for Obama, when someone does read the entire sweep of her essay (or speech), concerns about Sotomayor's racist views are galvinized, not alleviated.
Leading into the "wise Latina" comment she said:
"Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging." (emphasis mine)Even the suggestion that there are inherent physiological differences between persons of varying national origins that would affect their mental capacity to make a fair judgment should be enough to disqualify this woman from a seat on the high court. She even seems to think this is a positive view to have of people of various races in that she "abhor[s the concept] less... than [her] colleague Judge Cedarbaum."
I'm not racist; I'm wise.
Sotomayor doesn't allow her blatant racism to end there. After stating her now infamous claim:
"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."She goes on to apply the experiences that have led her to become this "wise Latina" in her actions as a judge in her speech at Steton Hall. Sotomayor explains:
"I accept the proposition that a difference will be made by the presence of women and people of color on the bench and that my experiences will affect the facts I choose to see as a judge." (emphasis mine)Most Americans are under the impression that a judge or jury would choose to see all of the facts presented in a case, but Sotomayor is a "wise Latina" because of her experiences, remember? Those experiences that made her a "wise Latina" also dictate which facts she will choose to see in a given case.
Presumably her experiences would give other "wise Latinas" an advantage in her court seeing as she could properly relate to them better. In doing so she might choose to see the facts that are favorable to a "wise Latina," and choose not to see facts that may be favorable to a person of another race.
So is it reading too much into Sotomayor's words to call her a racist? Or do you think these comments should disqualify her as a Supreme Court nominee?
(Hat tip: The New Ledger, and The Washington Times)