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May 23, 2009

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blackmamba

For too long because of the prevailing white supremacy that is the rotten cancer at America's core the presumption of white intellectual and moral superiority has been a given. Being a white male was to be presumed to be qualified for anything. But America was born a white supremacist black slave nation that cast off the bonds of slavery only to replace then with the ball and chain of legally sanctioned racial discrimination that allowed every white person's achievment to be tainted by the fact that being white was the only real qualification that they ever had as compared to any people who were not white. And being male was the other qualification that is stained by the fact that females were never allowed to compete.

Thus talk of the appointment best qualified and merit against this historical background is often a mere subterfuge for continuing the ugly past status quo. It is a charade because many white Americans will not face the fact that most of their vaunted achievements were won with the blood, sweat and tears of African Americans drawn by whip, tongue and hand wielded by some evil racist white people. Those whites who benefited from the acts may be less culpable than the perpetrators but they stll got over by cheating.

It is natural for humans to want to win at everything all of the time and to want that for those who are like you. Merit should be the basis for this but in America being white and male was the only merit that ever mattered for far too long. And that has not entirely faded into history even in the age of Obama.

Edgar Davila

Yes, it would have been great if we could have heard all about nominee Sotomayor's incredible judicial talents, exemplary professional skills, and track record rather than allllll about her compelling personal story?

But if you really think about it, her exemplary professional skills and track record should be a given since minorities in this country have to unfortunately really outperform their white counterparts in order to get ahead. You can't wish that reality away no matter how hard you try.

Esther J. Cepeda

It happened today ...I'm writing about it right now. Wouldn't it have been great if we could have heard all about nominee Sotomayor's incredible judicial talents, exemplary professional skills, and track record rather than allllll about her compelling personal story?

Mexitli

"...may the best man or woman Supreme Court Justice candidate win."

That's only when we are on a level playing field.

Be careful not to fall into the trap that if you cannot make yourself you may as well ruin it for everyone else.

Funny how Jews, women and African Americans never gripe about their leadership lobbying to get one of them appointed to the court.

Mike B.

This is one those situations where I totally agree with what you are saying. Yet it would be good for the country if the Supreme Court were more broadly representative of the country. It's not just that we have eight white men on the court - it's that we have a bunch of Ivy League lawyers who come from one spectrum of the legal community.

Obama will likely get three picks, at least, and odds are that one of them will be Hispanic, so folks should just chill. It will happen eventually.

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