The media has been buzzing over Judge Sonia Sotomayor, ever since Pres. Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court.
Recently, some comments she made back in 2001 at a lecture at UC Berkley have come under fire. She 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."
When taken out of context, the statement can be misunderstood. However, here's her full quote:
“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…each day on the bench I learn something new about the judicial process and about being a professional Latina woman in a world that sometimes looks at me with suspicion. I am reminded each day that I render decisions that affect people concretely and that I owe them constant and complete vigilance in checking my assumptions, presumptions and perspectives and ensuring that to the extent that my limited abilities and capabilities permit me, that I reevaluate them and change as circumstances and cases before me requires. I can and do aspire to be greater than the sum total of my experiences…”
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich wrote on Twitter a response to the quote: "White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw."
What's more interesting is why people are beating up Judge Sotomayor for her comment, but not Judge Samuel Alito. During his confirmation in 2006, Judge Alito said this:
“When a case comes before me involving, let's say, someone who is an immigrant…I can't help but think of my own ancestors…When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or because of religion or because of gender. I do take that into account.”
So why isn't anyone making a big fuss over Judge Alito's comments?
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