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Why Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor should not be appointed

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It’s simple; Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is a racist. There is no room in the Supreme Court for judges who base decisions and issue judgment based upon skin color.

Period.

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Written by Ben

July 13, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Posted in Politics, Racism

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  1. What makes her racist?

    Godless American

    July 13, 2009 at 8:13 pm

  2. My assessment is born from comments Sotomayor made during a 2001 lecture at the University of California-Berkeley. Referring to former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s saying that “a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases,” Sotomayor said, “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.”

    If these comments were made by a white man being wiser than a Latino woman, he would be forced to withdraw his nomination. He would be skewered in the press. Today, (July 14, 2009) during her hearings she acknowledged this to Sen Lindsey Graham:

    GRAHAM: But do you understand, ma’am, that if I had said anything like that, and my reasoning was that I’m trying to inspire somebody, they would have had my head? Do you understand that?

    SOTOMAYOR: I do understand how those words could be taken that way, particularly if read in isolation.

    GRAHAM: Well, I don’t know how else you could take that. If Lindsey Graham said that I will make a better senator than X, because of my experience as a Caucasian male makes me better able to represent the people of South Carolina, and my opponent was a minority, it would make national news, and it should.

    Having said that, I am not going to judge you by that one statement. I just hope you’ll appreciate the world in which we live in, that you can say those things, meaning to inspire somebody, and still have a chance to get on the Supreme Court.

    Others could not remotely come close to that statement and survive. Whether that’s right or wrong, I think that’s a fact.

    GRAHAM: Does that make sense to you?

    SOTOMAYOR: It does. And I would hope that we’ve come in America to the place where we can look at a statement that could be misunderstood, and consider it in the context of the person’s life.

    Then there is the matter of Sotomayor’s recent decision in the reverse discrimination case of of Ricci v. DeStefano. Sotomayor and two other judges ruled against white firefighters who argued they were passed over for promotion because of their race.

    Her ruling was recently overturned by the same Supreme Court on which she hopes to preside. The Supreme Court ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that she endorsed as an appeals court judge.

    In a 5-4 ruling, SCOTUS found that New Haven was wrong to scrap a promotion exam because no African-Americans and only two Hispanic firefighters were likely to be made lieutenants or captains based on the results.decision. The city said that it had acted to avoid a lawsuit from minorities.

    Next, there are the comments Sotomayor made at a Duke University School of Law panel four years ago, saying these remarks show she is a liberal activist.

    “All of the legal defense funds out there, they’re looking for people with court of appeals experience, because it is, court of appeals is where policy is made,” Sotomayor said then.

    It is common knowledge the courts enforce the laws and should never forge policy from the bench in pursuit of a personal agenda.

    Reflecting on that fact she attempted a moon walk by saying, “And… I know this is on tape, and I should never say that, because we don’t make law, I know. … I’m not promoting it, and I’m not advocating it,” she added.

    Busted.

    As a country we are either for or against racism in all its forms. I have been around long enough to have seen that racism is without cultural and racial bounds; it transcends all.

    If we find ourselves willing to give Sotomayor the life time seat on the Supreme Court then we should be prepared to accept the nomination of any of the following:

    Mohandas Gandhi:
    “Why, of all places in Johannesburg, the Indian Location should be chosen for dumping down all the Kaffirs of the town passes my comprehension…the Town Council must withdraw the Kaffirs from the Location.” (Reference: CWMG, Vol I, pp. 244-245)

    On his description of black inmates: “Only a degree removed from the animal.” Also, “Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilized – the convicts even more so. They are troublesome, very dirty and live almost like animals.” – Mar. 7, 1908 (Reference: CWMG, Vol VIII, pp. 135-136)

    Nelson Mandela: Belonged to a terrorist organisation and is believed to have sanctioned many terrorist plots against innocent Blacks and Whites in South Africa

    The Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

    Again, we are either advocates of racism or not. If we decide as a country we are not advocates then without exception there is no room on the Supreme Court for the likes of Ms. Sotomayor.

    The choice is that simple.

    Personally, I would rather not associate myself with racists by supporting their endeavors in whatever form that takes. Therefore, I cannot support a racists lest I be called one myself.

    Ben

    July 14, 2009 at 6:40 pm


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