Did this ever come up when the senate voted to approve of nomination?
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Given the years of virulent racism that minorities in our country have faced throughout our history, it is a bit shocking to see right wingers like Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh accuse Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic ever nominated to that Court, of being a racist, based solely on one remark that she made in a speech seven years ago.
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 hasnt lived that life. Why would Sotomayor say such a thing? It is clear from reading her speech that Sotomayor was asked to comment on how her experience as a Latina woman colors her perception of issues on the bench. This subject is understandable given the Critical Race Theory roots of the La Raza publication that hosted Sotomayor...
... it is clear from her speech that she is responding to this CRT critique of the law. In her speech, Sotomayor describes her personal experiences as a NewYorkrican and acknowledges that these experiences have an effect on how she sees the world.
In 1993, Kagan was asked to present a lecture on CRT. Her notes for that class, dated October 25, 1993, became part of the record during her confirmation hearings in 2010--but the Senate failed to press her on her support for a theory that, by her own admission, was race-obsessed and radical.