Conservatives have seized on the speech Sotomayor delivered at the University of California, Berkeley’s law school. In a discussion about discrimination cases, the federal appeals court judge 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.”
“It’s on its face a troubling statement,” Sessions continued. “It goes against the idea of color-blind justice — blind justice, not just color-blind justice.”
Some conservative commentators, such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, have called the statement racist.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs suggested yesterday that the statement was being taken out of context. “I think she’s talking about the unique experiences that she has,” Gibbs said.
I agree with Robert Gibbs. She was discussing hear a case regarding discrimination…imagine a judge who has been wealthy all his or her life with a privileged background hear those cases. Not that the deliberation would not be fair but someone who has lived the other side of that coin may indeed have a unique perspective on the matter.
“I’m sure she would have restated it,” President Barack Obama said in an interview with NBC News, referring to Sotomayor’s speech that was later reprinted in a law journal. “But if you look in the entire sweep of the essay that she wrote what’s clear is she was simply saying that her life experiences will give information about the struggle, the hardships that people are going through, that will make her a good judge.
What do you think? What a shame if her comments are misunderstood because this would be a good opportunity for Latinas and all minorities.