If Judge Sonia Sotomayer is confirmed to the US Supreme Court, we will have a new endangered species–the white male. There are two things about this lady that are very troubling.
1. According to an article in the New York Times earlier this year, in 2001, Ms. Sotomayer stated in a speech:
“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,”
2. According to an articel in the New York Post today:
“In one of her most notable decisions, as an appellate judge she sided last year with the city of New Haven, Conn., in a discrimination case brought by white firefighters. The city threw out results of a promotion exam because too few minorities scored high enough. Coincidentally, that case is now before the Supreme Court.
In the former quote, she dismissed the value of any life experience of a white male in making judgments. In the latter situation, white men who had qualified for a promotion were denied that promotion because they were white.
If a white man’s experience has no value and he can be denied a promotion because of his race, are all men still ‘created equal’? Both the quote and the ruling seem to go completely against The Declaration of Independence, which is one of the founding documents of our country. Admittedly, it took us a long time to deal with slavery, but the idea was that all men were equal under the law. This lady seems to think that some men are more equal than others.
I suspect Judge Sotomayer will be confirmed–the Republicans do not have enough members to block her nomination–nor would they risk the Hispanic vote. Because we do not have enough principled men in the Senate, she will become a Supreme Court Justice. The founding fathers would be shedding many tears over what is happening to our country with this choice.