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The Groaning: Seating Judge Sonia Sotomayor On The Supreme Court Bench

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Why do we never get an answer?
When we're knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war
— The Moody Blues, "Question"

America is in pain; she is growing once again, trying to stretch the face of her legal mind to fit the people she serves and as always, there are those who would hold her back. I am referring to a portion of our population who are afraid of change. Whether you are a journalist or a blogger, use Twitter or are a politician, whether you are a conservative, a Republican, a Democrat or a flaming liberal like me, you want someone to hear your voice!

A mother lode of domestic and foreign problems has been dumped on President Obama since the election in November of 2008 and in trying to keep his promise to move us in a new fresh direction he has chosen Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be his first nominee for the Supreme Court. What a victory this will be for the American Latin community. I await her seating with hope and joy. This country has mixed views, to say the least, and I am afraid that racial hatred is rearing its ugly, hideous head.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was on twitter Monday calling Judge Sotomayor a racist because of a much publicized statement she had made in regards to how a Latina woman from an impoverished background might be able to interpret the law differently than her predominately English white male counterparts. I must ask, “What’s wrong with that?” Even my husband was not offended by Judge Sotomayor’s statement. The reasoning behind it is clear enough; she would bring a fresh eye to the court and as a Latina woman she would poses a certain empathy towards people that may be absent in others from a more privileged background. Here is Newt’s tweet: “Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman' new racism is no better than old racism.”

I found his generalization and taking of Judge Sotomayor words out of context not surprising, as I believe conservatives and the Republican Party to be desperate to regain their fleeting and tenuous hold on America’s psyche and that certain individuals in their ranks will say and do anything to accomplish this. Here is what Judge Sonia Sotomayor actually said in her 2002 speech at UC Berkeley: “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.”

I would like you to consider the video Race to the Bottom, which was compiled by Media Matters for America. I actually find the material and language used here to be so offensive that I do not want to type the words on my keyboard! Please judge for yourselves and decide what you think of these observations.

We are so sharply divided in this country right now and it is evident in almost every aspect of our lives. Nowhere more than when you read the online newspapers. Thanks to the wonders of the cyber-world we can now give instant feedback to whatever we read, think, or feel. Right this minute there are 2,140, and counting, comments under a story in the Huffington Post, with a headline reading "It’s Only Outrageous When She Says It!” The hot button topic of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is practically spilling out of the digital papers as blog after blog and report after report proclaim they have the freshest angle on her or the most information and statistics on her even the style section of the Huffington Post has a question and a little opinion poll to go with it titled “What kind of style will Judge Sotomayor bring to her court robes?"

From The New York Times to this article you’re reading right now we all want a piece of the story of the day. I am motivated to write about Judge Sonia Sotomayor after reading the most vile and hateful words describing the President's pick. I want to counterbalance this whirlwind of words and pictures, facts and statistics with a message to tone down the rhetoric and politicization of this very able woman.

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  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    Why are there 100 comments over here if this is such a non-issue and who the hell is King Barry??? and I did not insult Clavos!!! Now I’m publishing in culture where they are civil to one another, GOT THAT?

  • zingzing

    “who the hell is King Barry”

    it’s conservative-speak for obama. because they can’t come up with anything more original. come on, we called him king george for years. it’s played out.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    OH

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    BTW, Jeannie, I have some personal info. to email. OK?

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    ?

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    k

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Thanks. Tomorrow.

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    Roger and Jeannie, I believe this wouldn’t be the first time that I have advised you not to respond to blatantly provocative remarks, particularly when they are coming from someone who is banned and will be re-banned as soon as some geek gets round to writing the requisite code. The only effect is that I have to delete even more comments…

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    Sorry Chris I just wanted to stick up for myself

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Just ignore it next time, Jeannie. It’s for the best. Soon, they won’t be able to post at all.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Anyways, I’m done for today. Manana.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    I just looked at my blog and I think I killed it

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    Night night Rog

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Still there. Bye.

  • http://twitter.com/tolstoyscat Cindy

    I missed all the fun. Phlegmatic, coughing swedes and their use of prophylactics. Roger being reborn. Funny stuff in here.

    Clav,

    That passport will come in handy as well, if the white male slave idea catches on. Just tell them to look at your passport. I won’t let on that your half Swedish and half Irish. Just looking out for you Clav.

  • zingzing

    it’s amazing how some people are able to decrease the quality of a site just by showing up. it’s like the ugly girl in a game of spin the bottle.

  • zingzing

    jeannie. ha. yeah. “the ugly girl in a game of spin the bottle?” that was for justoneman. i was saying his presence on the website, which i’m sure he reads (since he was commenting before the editors swooped in), is an eyesore. not you.

    it’s my fault for commenting on the one better left ignored and forgotten, aka jom. i just wanted to play.

    see? no need to get worked up.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    Please disregard my comment to you Zing but I do wish you would write a political article so I could read your views too.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    :)