If everything goes to plan, America will soon have it first Hispanic Supreme Court judge. President Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor, currently a US Appeals court judge, to take over from retiring Justice Souter.
Over three decades she has worked at nearly every level of the judicial system. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and was the editor of the Yale Law Journal. But looking at the many blogs and opinion pieces commenting on her nomination, regardless of whether the view is positive or negative, the biggest focus is first that she’s Latina, second that she’s a woman.
The common negative view is that she’s a token appointment, chosen to tick a box, rather than because of her skills.
Has anyone just…maybe sat down and thought like I do? I dont want a white man, woman, Hispanic, black, Japanese, Korean, anything. Here’s what I want. I want a PERSON who makes an INFORMED decision based upon the two guiding principals of this country. God and the Constitution. You messed up again Obama.
Erik Little, Florida
From the side that is praising her nomination, the top line seems to be that it’s about time the Supreme Court looked more like the country it is supposed to judge.
Why are both her ethnic background and her gender the most important things? Is the media focussing too much on her background rather than her professional life? Shouldn’t we be past judging people on who they are rather than what they have done?
In your country are there examples of people from a minority holding a positions of power and just getting on with the job? Do they have to be twice as good as someone not from the minority? And if you are from a minority group, what would having someone from your background in a position of power and influence mean to you?