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Sotomayor On Role Affirmative Action Played In Her Life [Helped Her Get Admitted to Princeton]
CBS News ^ | January 12, 2013

Posted on 01/13/2013 12:32:21 PM PST by Steelfish

January 11, 2013 Sotomayor On Role Affirmative Action Played In Her Life

In her first broadcast interview, Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells Scott Pelley how affirmative action affected her life leading up to her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Pelley's profile of the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Sotomayor says that the affirmative action in the U.S. today is different than when she was in school and would not discuss the affirmative action case currently before the court. "But I do know that, for me, it was a door-opener that changed the course of my life," she tells Pelley.

Affirmative action played a role in her admittance to Princeton, she recalls, and she remembers it drawing the scrutiny of an adult at her Catholic school in the Bronx. "The first day I received in high school a card from Princeton telling me that it was possible that I was going to get in, I was stopped by the school nurse and asked why I was sent a possible and the number one and the number two in the class were not," she recalls. "Now I didn't know about affirmative action.

But from the tone of her question I understood that she thought there was something wrong with them looking at me and not looking at those other two students," says Sotomayor. The same is true today she says.

"You can't be a minority in this society without having someone express disapproval about affirmative action."

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


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1 posted on 01/13/2013 12:32:28 PM PST by Steelfish
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“You can’t be a minority in this society without having someone express disapproval about affirmative action.”
Why?
Because it is wrong. Poor grades and ignorance should put you at the back of the class. What happened to the greatest and brightest lead the way?
Now it’s the average and the also rans lead the masses.
Something wrong here.......


2 posted on 01/13/2013 12:38:03 PM PST by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it)
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To: Steelfish

Surely if we all go the dark side, we can all be eligible to go to Princeton. Just do what Satan wants, bow down to the golden idol, and reap the benefits. Not.


3 posted on 01/13/2013 12:38:03 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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Guess she didn’t mention that AA also got her appointed to the supreme court.


4 posted on 01/13/2013 12:40:30 PM PST by fatrat (extremely extreme right-wing radicalized veteran)
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To: Steelfish

I know exactly how it feels to not be accepted to the college of my choice because of affirmative action. There was a student in my high school who was not white and ranked in the bottom 10% of the student body who got accepted into the prestigious college that I applied to. I was ranked in the top 20 students of my school. I did not get accepted.

I was very angry for years and will never accept affirmative action as benefitting anyone but those who suffer from liberal white guilt at the expense of people like me who worked hard.


5 posted on 01/13/2013 12:40:44 PM PST by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: Steelfish

Is there something wrong with some people’s brains that keeps them from understanding the idea of selecting applicants based on academic/job qualifications?

Or are they just sensitive about being given a position they don’t deserve?

Thing is, a qualified hispanic applicant doesn’t need favors, their qualifications are what opens the door, not their race.

This is such an easily-graspable, no-brainer concept for me, I am genuinely baffled by people who don’t seem to get it.


6 posted on 01/13/2013 12:46:33 PM PST by LifeComesFirst (http://rw-rebirth.blogspot.com/)
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To: 9422WMR
Princeton certainly wasted it's time with this one ~ and there was definitely some brighter person somewhere else who got skipped over.

Regarding what Affirmative Action was way back when, it was your ZIP Code. When the Ivy' did their 'chose the poor deserving disadvantaged person' trick in my case it was undoubtedly because of my address ~ and it's post office zone. Even then they had the highest crime rate in the state ~

That was AA ~ not by race, but proximity!

Then, it changed ~ to race ~ and it's still there.

7 posted on 01/13/2013 12:49:59 PM PST by muawiyah
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Interesting -- I was rejected by Princeton, and I'm -- well, I'm provably more Hispanic than Elizabeth Warren is American Indian. Lacking a Spanish surname and having blond hair and blue eyes, I assumed (apparently incorrectly) that the admissions committee would laugh my application right out of the pile and into the trash.

But at least I'm entirely responsible for whatever measure of success or failure I've managed in this life, and so I didn't turn into a liberal.

8 posted on 01/13/2013 12:58:05 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Steelfish

She and the First Lady at least have something to bond over.


9 posted on 01/13/2013 12:59:30 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Steelfish

Every person appointed by afirative action (the PC term for forced racis) to a finite size anything denies a more qualified candidate a chance.


10 posted on 01/13/2013 1:04:32 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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Affirmative action has/is/will continue to destroy this country. Garbage, crap and trash floating to the top. 0scumbag & Her Lardass are just more proof of that.


11 posted on 01/13/2013 1:17:38 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-defense is the First Human Right.)
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...ranked in the bottom 10% of the student body who got accepted into the prestigious college that I applied to...

And probably flunked out.

12 posted on 01/13/2013 1:21:26 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (Sometimes it takes calamity to lead to serenity - FReeper RacerX1128)
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Very true—despite the fact that toughness is sometimes more important in an attorney than pure brains.


13 posted on 01/13/2013 1:23:30 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Steelfish

If Sotomayor had any integrity at all she would not be proud that she rose on the strength of her skin color as opposed to her actual ability and skills.


14 posted on 01/13/2013 1:33:18 PM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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Glad she’s not a doctor...I avoid AA doctors like the plague. Except for Asian ones....figure THEY really had to fight their way in.


15 posted on 01/13/2013 1:35:21 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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I always pose this question to pro AA people and have never gotten an answer. So, here it goes....If, as a business owner, it is illegal for me NOT to hire you because go the color of your skin. Why then should you be promoted for that very same reason?
Try it......and watch the blank states.


16 posted on 01/13/2013 1:38:01 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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Affirmative Action played a role in the lives of my family as well; my dad was NYPD and took the Sargent’s exam after 17 years...though qualified he lost out on the promotion to lesser qualified individuals who had half the job experience compared to my dada and received half the grade on the Sargent’s exam as my dad...the only reason my dad did not get the promotion and lost out to lesser qualified individuals was he was white and those he got the promotion were not....

sort of like the New Haven firefighters who racist Satomayor ruled against only to have it overturned by the Supreme Court she now sits on...wonder if they will bring that case up in the 60 Minutes piece...


17 posted on 01/13/2013 1:39:19 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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“You can’t be a minority in this society without having someone express disapproval about affirmative action.”

Perfect! An affirmative action supreme court justice to go with our affirmative action president.

Not only are whites expected to step aside for minorities, but you’d better have a smile on your face when you do. Otherwise, you might be construed as expressing disapproval.


18 posted on 01/13/2013 1:47:38 PM PST by TheGipperWasRight
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I’m no lawyer, but I saw that interview and it should be cause for her to recuse herself from the case. She alluded to it herself. But of course she won’t and no one will even bring it up.


19 posted on 01/13/2013 1:48:30 PM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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In all the years since affirmative action policy was adopted, I have not observed or heard of any advocate voluntarily giving up their position in order to make way for someone who was discriminated against. The solution is always to deprive an individual who himself did not benefit from the discriminatory act and reward an individual who was not himself deprived. This seems to go against the belief that the son is not punished for the sins of the father.


20 posted on 01/13/2013 2:01:10 PM PST by etcb
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