Skip to comments.Supreme Pride for Sotomayor [race-before-reason Puerto Rico editorial]
Posted on 08/10/2009 12:57:43 PM PDT by rrstar96
Yesterday's media headlines in Puerto Rico and the United States leave no room for doubt over the historical impact the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the 111th justice to join the United States Supreme Court has.
The fact that the judge, the daughter of Puerto Rican parents, is the third woman to reach the highest court in the U.S. is in itself historic. In addition, however, she is the first member of the Hispanic community to join this body which interprets the application of the American Constitution. This factor is a transcendental step in making the Supreme Court more representative of society and more versatile.
In the United States, it represents an additional step towards a more advanced, equitable, and mature society if we consider that, only 9 months ago, voters elected for a first time an African-American President. With the appointment of Judge Sotomayor, it is precisely President Barack Obama who is paving the road towards healing the country's racial divisions, although the debate prior to the lawyer's confirmation reveals there is still a long way to go.
Furthermore, the celebration and rejoicing over Judge Sotomayor's confirmation should be above racial and gender considerations. The lawyer, who studied in the most prestigious universities in the United States, has forged an impeccable judicial record. Sotomayor was in a prestigious private practice before moving on to public positions within the Federal judicial system where she went up the ladder until reaching the highest forum.
Her confirmation by an ample majority in the Senate should be an encouragement to lawyers and judges throughout the island based on what can be reached through hard work, independent thought, and uprightness. During the past weeks, the judge showed her temperament and professional caliber during the intense public-hearings process in which she responded to questions about her nomination to the fullest.
Sotomayor's case fills Hispanics, especially Puerto Ricans, with pride due to its visibility and importance. We are sure that, in addition to her, millions of Hispanics give the best of themselves in their varied occupations throughout the United States. Congratulations for the confirmation of an extraordinary judge to the Supreme Court.
No mention of the New Haven firemen, no mention of her “wise Latina” drivel. This is one poorly thought-out editorial.
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