- The Washington Times - Monday, June 1, 2009


Based on what I have seen so far, Judge Sonia Sotomayor should be confirmed. However, there are certain questions she should be asked during her confirmation hearings. One question is particularly significant. She said she would hope that a wise Latina woman would be likely to come up with a better answer than a wise white man (“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 hasn’t lived that life”).

This makes me think of the Tawana Brawley case. Miss Brawley was a young black woman who falsely claimed she had been abducted and sexually assaulted by white males. Under Judge Sotomayor’s approach, a black person would have been better equipped to evaluate Miss Brawley’s claims than would a white person. However, the Rev. Al Sharpton is black, and he vigorously promoted Miss Brawley’s lies, all the while instigating race hatred. It is true that Mr. Sharpton was not a judge deciding a legal case, but the error in Judge Sotomayor’s approach is illustrated by his misbehavior in the matter. I hope that during the confirmation hearings, Judge Sotomayor will reconsider her ill-advised statement. Gender and ethnicity should be irrelevant to the capacity to adjudicate.



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