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Friday, May 29, 2009

Sotomayor Quote Scam a Right Wing Sham(E)

Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo-- said LA RAZA is just like the "KKK without the hoods and nooses". Well No, the KKK killed and intimidated people. LA RAZA doesn't. By Tancredo's reasoning (or what little reasoning he can do with his tiny, shriveled, weak, puny mind) the VFW is an old man version of the KKK.

The other Right Wing talking point, that Sotomayor is a racist because she said, and here is the PARTIAL quote that the Right keeps using,

a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male


The beginning and the end of that quote are very disingenuously left off the bullshit that the Right is spewing. The ENTIRE quote is
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. Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am not so sure Justice O’Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes that line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor Martha Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, 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.


During his confirmation hearing Sam Alito made basically the same remarks
And that's why I went into that in my opening statement. Because when a case comes before me involving, let's say, someone who is an immigrant -- and we get an awful lot of immigration cases and naturalization cases -- I can't help but think of my own ancestors, because it wasn't that long ago when they were in that position.

And so it's my job to apply the law. It's not my job to change the law or to bend the law to achieve any result.

But when I look at those cases, I have to say to myself, and I do say to myself, "You know, this could be your grandfather, this could be your grandmother. They were not citizens at one time, and they were people who came to this country."

When I have cases involving children, I can't help but think of my own children and think about my children being treated in the way that children may be treated in the case that's before me.

And that goes down the line. 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. And I do take that into account.


The Right makes kneejerk comments w/out knowing the full quote. She said white men cannot make the same judgments I make as a latina woman.

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