Puerto Rican Chick Nominated for Supreme Court Justice

According an article I read today, I am rejoicing because Sonia Sotomayor has been nominated for Supreme Court Justice. What issues does this person stand for that are supposed to thrill me I actually do not know. The article simply implies that I (and all other Latinos) are supposed to be exploding for joy like so many Piñatas, presumably because Sotomayor is brown like me. Apparently, issues only matter for white people, but for ethnic minorities, we’re only supposed to care about what somebody looks like on the outside rather than caring about anything of real substance.

But to be fair, it’s not just CNN that represents the issue like this. There are many people in the Hispanic advocacy groups (whatever that means) and in the Latino community who also seem to think the same thing. Look at this quote in the article attributed to Yale student David Perez:

“People are going to remember where they were when they heard about this nomination”

I can see it now. In future years I’ll be telling people “I was questing my 75 alliance rogue in Zul Drak, doing the Amphitheater of Anguish 5-man quest when I heard the news.” Except I can’t figure out why this person’s nomination is supposed to be great for me. Is the color of the hand that bangs a gavel really the most important qualification of a Supreme Court Justice? Or do their views and the content of rulings ultimately matter more than that? And if content really matters (as I truly hope it does) for most Latinos, then why should the skin pigment of any particular Justice matter at all? Is it realy possible that a candidate (of any color) can truly represent the entire American Hispanic population? Did I miss a Mexi meeting of some kind where the official Latino stand of abortion, gay rights, taxes, free speech, socialized health care, and gun control was outlined for me? Am I wrong to use my own cognitive processes to arrive at my own decisions on these issues as an individual?

This also from the article:

Advocacy groups had been putting pressure on Obama to nominate a minority to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice David Souter.

Instead of saying advocacy groups, why don’t they just say racists? Because that’s what CNN would call it if white groups were pressuring the President to select a candidate based on his whiteness. I am dead serious about this, Latinos, if we want to have any legitimacy whatsoever when we call out racism in the white community, then we can’t give our own people a free pass when they do it. We have to call a diamonds a diamonds. (what??)


Anne Guarnera, spokeswoman for the Hispanic College Fund, said Latinos are inspired by the fact that someone of their ethnic group is being portrayed in such a positive light.

Sotomayor will inspire young Latinas to chase their dreams, she said.

ORLY? Cuz my thought on this is that if you haven’t been moved by any one of the countless examples made by people of all other races and you’re sitting around waiting for someone of your own color to do something first, you probably aren’t very much prone to inspiration in the first place.

My point is not that Sonia Sotomayor is a bad person or that I believe she will make a bad Justice. The truth is that I don’t know enough about her at this point to make any kind of informed judgment. My only point is that a person’s race or gender should have no bearing on whether they are qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice. I didn’t say little bearing, I said it should have none at all. Similarly, I don’t like for it to be presumed that a certain candidate is “for” me or that I should be for them simply based on a random detail of their birth. To be honest, I like the theme and idea of change but true change would involve Americans thinking with their cognitive processes instead of grouping up according to their skin color. I am for intelligent and rational thinking, and anything other than that is simply repackaged status quo.

7 Responses to “Puerto Rican Chick Nominated for Supreme Court Justice”

  1. Phelps says:

    So there’s supposed to be big deal about a Latina (IF you count Puerto Ricans, who are actually American from the start) SCOTUS justice? Where were the parades when Edward James Olmos made Admiral and got his own Battlestar? Huh? She’s supposed to be hot shit, but would you trust her to deal with the Cylons?

  2. mexi says:

    Edward James Olmos aside, I’m a Star Wars fan but I spent the last three movies on the edge of my seat waiting for Samuel L. Jackson to take away somebody’s Big Kahoona Burger and eat it right in front of them. I don’t think they did him any justice in casting him as a good guy.

  3. R says:

    You’re right about the minorities getting a pass on racist comments. Lou Dobbs, my most favoritest of the crazies on CNN, inverted one of Sotomayor’s statements to make the point that it would indeed be seen as racist if advocating a white superiority idea.

    Anyway, I deleted my 72 Hunter recently and rejoined the WoW community. My ally warrior is 26 now. I deleted my main because I have failed leveling no less than 5 alts simply because I could always go back to my geared out main.

  4. Rae says:

    The theory (according to sociologists) is that because you are from the same subculture as her you have more in common with her than other supreme court justices on the bench now. Because you are a member of the same subculture-you are supposed to “relate” to her more due to your common beliefs, values and societal norms that you share. Ethnicity does have some cultural implications. If you assholes would just assimilate we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  5. mexigogue says:

    I would provide a more thoughtful response to your comment but I’m too busy preparing to rumble with the Jets.

  6. Rae says:

    Why am I not surprised…..

  7. Mara says:

    “to Rae”

    If we have not assimilated then probably we would all have the same beliefs…etc. and maybe it would be right to say We (latinos, hispanics) are excited for someone from our Sub culture to be up there with the big dogs, but because we assimilate and all our ideas beliefs…etc are now mixed so that the whole “she’s part of our subculture” doesnt have the same effect. We are intertwined and sometimes the people from the same subculture dont think all alike like robots.

    I hope this all came out right and you understand cuz i’m short on time to deal with silly people like you.

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