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Sotomayor Clears Up ‘Wise Latina’ Remark

Posted on Jul 14, 2009
YouTube - Associated Press

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor finally got a chance to respond to the “wise Latina” quote (“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion”) that inspired massive GOP criticism and bigotry around her nomination. Check out this video to hear what she had to say about it.



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By Marshall, July 16, 2009 at 11:40 am Link to this comment

Wow PurpleGirl - that IS one wordy load of BS.  I think you may have pulled a muscle during that verbal contortion.  We all know what someone means when they say “I would hope that…” and it sure ain’t that they don’t hope that…

She expects a Latina judge to make a better decision than those crusty old white men who are obviously inferior because they’re white.  Ooops… guess that makes it reverse racism, but who cares right?  Makes up for all those past years of the regular kind so it’s okay.

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By johannes, July 16, 2009 at 7:43 am Link to this comment

Some people find it pleasant, the switching discremination, wath the hell to do, and keep polite.


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By KDelphi, July 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

I hate to say it, but, I dont see why there is much ballyhoo on either side.

I can see why Obama likes her—-theyre both as non-commital as they come.

It is as puzzling as neo-con Capitalist rhetoric AGAINST Obama!! Neolibcons should be thrilled with Obama!

What, they dont like having their gold-plated asses kissed????

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By Mark, July 15, 2009 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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Purple Girl

Talk about bullshit. Parsing the Sotomayor statement like that would’ve made Bill Clinton proud!(“It all depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.”)

Apparently, Sotomayor has frequently indulged in ethnic or racial cheerleading, the kind that exalts the subject group.

Ethnic or racial pride is acceptable.

The problem is that it sometimes proceeds hand in hand with tribalism - my group is better than the other group. That should be avoided at all costs. God knows we’ve had enough of it in the past. It has no place in America.

She could have said: “Wise latina women make good judges. And America needs good judges.” and left it at that.

Despite her Ivy League education and her years on the Federal bench she added some extra zing to the cheer by denigrating the other group - white men.

Thus, I think she lapsed into tribalism.

Moreover, in speaking to a group of Latino law students she was, I think, obviously pandering to the audience to provoke cheap applause. Much the same way an entertainer tells a crowd: “(The city we are currently in)is the greatest city in the world!”

Now, do I think that disqualifies her for the Supreme Court? Hell, if making an isolated stupid statement disqualified people from public service you’d be able to roll a bowling ball down the halls of Congress and never hit anyone.

If you keep repeating a stupid statement then I have to question your judgment.

BTW, Truthdig why did you fail to reprint the subject statement verbatim?

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By Purple Girl, July 15, 2009 at 4:55 am Link to this comment

Does the meaning of “Would” elude Repugs? Do they not understand the English language with all it’s nuances adequately enough to realize that statement had a number of conditional terms and situations. “Would Hope” means there is the possiblity that it could be negated. Addtionally she places a conditon on the Noun “Wise”- again a potential for unfufillment.
Heres a offensive derogatory statement- ‘Latinas, because they are all wise, will always make better decisions than any white male’. The White male Repugs on the panel are proving that statement would be far more accurate, thus not racist or sexist.
I wonder if the Repugs are this ignorant, or are intentionally insulting the American Publics Intellect. Seems most need to take a course in Rhetoric.
This drum beating about this non issue not only pisses me off as a female, but also as a thinking person. I understand the innate conditionality inferred by the term “Would”, esp when followed by the more poignant word “Hope”. Both involve the possiblity of Unfulfillment and thus create the essence of a Disclaimer.Anyone who has studied Law, or even Rhetoric should recognize those conditional terms.
She did not say (but would have been justified by the obvious lack of intellect of the Repugs during this process) ‘A Latina, because we are all wise, Will make better decisions than any White male’.
The Repugs Racism and Sexism are only overshadowed by their utter incompetence when it come to the English Language.Perhaps they should try to make English their second language after Bullshit!

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