She's No Harriet Meirs!

I wonder what the uproar would be, if President Obama nominated Jesus to be the next US Supreme Court justice? Of course, not being and of northern European descent and being somewhat olive complexion, he would definitely be a another "token judge." I supposed we are witnessing the parlor game that partisan politics has degenerated into. Actually, taking history into account, political business as usually is more like it.

Personally, I'm for more diversity on the Supreme Court bench. I'm for moving towards a day when we don't worry about "tokenism." But alas, the fortress of white-male power is slowly but surely crumbing into the history. When it does, American just might be a better place for it.

You go girl!

“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.”

Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court nominee
from a 2001 speech

In Los Angeles on March 29, hit and run drivers killed two pedestrians: an 18-year-old female college student and, hours later, a 55-year-old Guatemalan American construction worker. As is not unusual, according to the Los Angeles Times, the LAPD went into massive "overdrive" to find the woman's killer but handed the other homicide off to "a lone detective with little more to go on than hope."

On April 25, in Washington, D.C., the murder of a black teenager was reported in two sentences of that day's Washington Post while nearly 10 times the space was devoted to the colonoscopy of a panda at the city's National Zoo.

"Let's hope that the key conferences aren't when she's menstruating or something, or just before she's going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then."

G. Gordon Liddy

"Someone pinch me. I must be dreaming. Some of the same Republicans who have wielded the hot blade of racial divisiveness for years, are now calling Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court nominee, a racist. Oh, the hypocrisy!

The same Newt Gingrich who once said that bilingual education was like teaching “the language of living in a ghetto” tweeted that Sotomayor is a “Latina woman racist.” The same Rush Limbaugh who once told a black caller to “take that bone out of your nose and call me back” called Sotomayor a “reverse racist.” The same Tom Tancredo, a former congressman, who once called Miami, which has a mostly Hispanic population, “a third world country” said that Sotomayor “appears to be a racist....”

Charles M. Blow
Read more of Rogues, Robes and Racists at the NY Times

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