17 comments

  1. SanSuzie

    Oh fearless wise ass leader! GREAT PIECE!!! We are so frickin’ orgullosa that our fajitas and ceviches are doin’ the mambo.

  2. Eric V

    Your analysis of Judge Sotomayor Senate confirmation response in Time Magazine was very insightful. I offer that next time you write a piece on soon-to-be Justice Sotomayor, you explain to your readers the meaning of Bi-cognitive thinking. Once again, nice job on your piece.

  3. Belinda Gomez

    So Sotomayor has never been out of NYC? Has she ever been to Nebraska, Texas, Montana, Georgia, Illinois? I think she’s provincial, and a little dull.

  4. way2ec

    Thank you, mi amiga latina. Now I don’t feel the need to make a comment on the blogs or anywhere else. You nailed it. Signed, a white guy now living in Mexico.

  5. Jerry Greer

    Double standard…..

    If this was anyone a Republican nominated they would be blasted and stoned.

    And the lib media loves her…….shes at least prejudiced if not racist…

    Jerry

  6. Alexander

    Sweet piece. America’s growing pains…

    What also strikes me as interesting is the North American notion that Latins are overly emotional and passionate to the point of hindering their judgement…in this instance referred to obliquely as “empathy”.

    Reminds me of objections to integrate African Americans into the army in WWII because they were generally considered cowards by nature, or questions of whether African American troops would be able to fight in Somalia, as they would be facing Africans.

    Subtle, but insidious.

  7. marshall

    Love the piece. When are we going to see more of you in TIME? I just read a page long mess about placenta eating from hack-job Joel Stein where I much rather would have read anything by you.

  8. Kay

    O.K., whether you like Sonia or not, I think these old white men got their shorts in a knot about their perceived control and authority over women that is slipping away. I think most wise women, whatever race or nationality, can reach better conclusions than white males
    without the same experiences. Duh!

  9. John

    Just read your piece in Time. I wanted to point out that it was actually my blog that brought the “wise Latina” speech to light. We published it ten days before the NY Times and it was picked up by other blogs immediately, more than a week before the Times got to it. I don’t usually drop links in other people’s comments, but in this case proof is required: http://www.verumserum.com/?p=5306

    As a blogger, I’m sure you can appreciate how frustrating it is to contribute something to the national debate and then watch the same old media outlets claim credit.

  10. Brenda

    It’s okay to be passionate about your race and culture and everyone should be proud of their heritage; however, using that passion and culture to decide a case is not correct–every decision MUST be made striclty on the LAW no matter
    who the case involves.

    Where were you when the last 2 nominees were being accused of bigotry and racism when nothing indicated that they were?
    That old race card only seems to play one way these days.

  11. Scott

    If the comment was reveresed..that a wise white man could make better decsions than a latina woman…it would be clearly racism…why the double standard??

  12. Bill

    Another illogical defense of an indefensible comment. Why not just say it was indefensible but on balance she is deserving to be confirmed, which is the truth. The comparison to Alito’s quote, which everyone seems to want to do, is so silly its beyond words. Alito DID NOT say that people of Italian descent would judge better than others. If he did, his statement would be just as wrong as Sotomayor’s. And why would she need to straddle two cultures. She was born and raised an American, and is as American as I am. There is such a thing as an American culture, influenced in part by Latin America, which more people need to acknowledge. Your views are too Plessy-v-Fergerson-like for me. We need to stop pretending we are a nation of seperate but equal cultures, and instead strive to be a nation of one culture.

  13. C-Mon

    thanks for the comments. i do regret not saying that her word choice was poor and that no culture has a monopoly on compassion… really though, in all of this, i’m still kinda weirdly happy to see the wise latina trope enter the culture…

    @john: i’m sorry i missed your post. i’ll foward to editors…

  14. karen

    Excellent. The media are also completely ignoring the fact that

    1) she prefaced her ‘wise Latina’ remark by saying that there is no one single way to be wise,

    2) she was speaking specifically in the context of legal cases about discrimination based on race or sex,

    3) her statement expressed a wish, not a certainty: she said “I would hope that…”

    4) the statement did not imply that she herself is wise, nor that all Latinas are wise, and

    5) she immediately followed the ‘wise Latina’ remark by saying that many people are capable of “understanding the values and needs of people from a different group.” She mentioned Brown v. Board of Ed. (unanimously decided by nine white men) as an example.

    But all we get from the media is that she supposedly said she’s a wise Latina who could make better decisions than white men. And Jeff Sessions and his ilk happily propagate that deception.

  15. Josh

    In your piece you said:

    “Our varied experiences shape us, they enrich us, they give us the ability to… empathize.”

    Where exactly do you get the idea that the job of a judge is to empathize? Where is that qualification written anywhere in the constitution? A judges job (especially on the Supreme Court) is to rule on the letter of the law — not to empathize with anyone or anything. If they empathize, then they will make rulings on their feelings and their degree of empathy for an individual or groups.

    There’s a reason why the statue of “justice” has a blindfold. They’re supposed to be impartial and not show a higher degree of empathy for any one group or individual.

    Sotomayer is dangerous — just like Obama.

  16. Kurt

    Excellent! I especially like the way you call out the 2-bit sociopaths who sneer at empathy, like Tom “bug spray” DeLay.