Dear Reader’s Affirmative Action Pick

I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.

Yeah, you’ve heard that. Sonia Sotomayor said it at Berkeley.  Yes, she’s racist.  Newsflash kiddies, people that aren’t white can be racist too. I have to wonder how heavy her heart will sit if and when she takes this oath.

Each justice or judge of the United States shall take the following oath or affirmation before performing the duties of his office: “I, XXX XXX, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as XXX under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

She’s a flaming liberal that doesn’t possess the depth of knowledge needed for the position she has been nominated.  And even though the White House press secretary warns us to “be careful” in describing her, calling her such is completely warranted.

She ignored what could have been a definitive case on the application of affirmative action. She dismissed a suit filed by 18 white firefighters with only a paragraph of reasoning.

We affirm, for the reasons stated in the thorough, thoughtful, and well-reasoned opinion
of the court below. Ricci v. DeStefano, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73277, 2006 WL 2828419 (D.
Conn., Sept. 28, 2006). In this case, the Civil Service Board found itself in the unfortunate
position of having no good alternatives. We are not unsympathetic to the plaintiffs’ expression
of frustration. Mr. Ricci, for example, who is dyslexic, made intensive efforts that appear to have
resulted in his scoring highly on one of the exams, only to have it invalidated. But it simply does
not follow that he has a viable Title VII claim. To the contrary, because the Board, in refusing to
validate the exams, was simply trying to fulfill its obligations under Title VII when confronted
with test results that had a disproportionate racial impact, its actions were protected.

A test was given to the firefighters to determine which of them would receive a promotion.  This was deemed fair by the fire department in order to give it to the most qualified, regardless of race.  At least, it was fair until they saw that it was the white males that excelled at the test.  Oops!  So they threw out the test so they can lower the standards.  Forget rewarding hard work!

This is exactly the kind of damage that affirmative action does.  The intent was to prevent people from being discriminated against due to the color of their skin.  Instead, it does exactly that.  Affirmative Action just chooses which skin colors will be advantaged and disadvantaged.  By lowering the standards for a group of people, you lower the quality of work of all.

Why should I jump for the high bar when I get the same number of points for hopping the low one?  If at the top of 1000 steps there is a man that will give you 1000 gold bars, would you climb the steps?  What if there was an elevator?  Or, as in the case of affirmative action, what if someone was standing only 100 steps up that was breaking the knees of those that were coming back from the top so they could give the gold bars to someone underprivileged?  Where then is the incentive to climb to the top?  Would you study night and day with audio recordings to overcome a reading disability?

But apparently non-white skin means more to Sotomayor than diligence and hard work.  But she is not a surprise pick from Dear Reader, the affirmative action president.  She’s also being nominated to fill the seat of Souter, another liberal justice.  If confirmed, she will not change the balance of the court.

In the end, it’s a wash.  Is her nomination just a sign of things to come?  Maybe.  I find it interesting though that he chose someone so definitely liberal, so absolutely chosen out of identity politics for his first pick.  Is he thinking that Congress may not be so willing to bend to his will at his next opportunity?  Maybe he thinks the red/blue balance will be different after the next Congressional election.  2010 is not that far away, and the next justice likely to step down (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) is another of the left side of the political spectrum.

One thought on “Dear Reader’s Affirmative Action Pick”

  1. As soon as I heard that Souter was retiring (and good riddance, I say), my first words were that the next justice will be a female minority, so it was no surprise to me when she was appointed. I also think that she will be approved with no real problems. The Republicans need the Latino vote, not that they will ever get it, but they want to be seen as sensitive to the Latino community so they will raise a few questions to appease the conservatives, but she will eventually sail into the job. I think she is as racist as Michelle Obama (read her Master’s Thesis). On the surface, they seem to be cordial and tolerant but there is an underlying rage and racism in both of them.
    I’m also not impressed with her hardship story about growing up in the projects in the Bronx. She is 5 years older than I am and I grew up in the South Bronx, not far from where she did. Back in those days (the 50s and 60s), the South Bronx was a really nice place. It was safe and relatively clean. Families lived there together and raised their children together, and in most households, both parents were present. The South Bronx didn’t even start getting bad until the late 60s and early 70s, and by the time it got its present reputation, Sonia Sotomayor was already in college (my family moved out in 1969 when my parents saw that the neighborhood was changing and not in a good way). Anyway, my point is that she was not some street kid who made good instead of joining a gang. She had neighbors who looked out for her and her brother while their mother worked, because back in those days, widows worked instead of collecting welfare. She had the same upbringing that most suburban, middle class kids have today.
    Sorry this is long, I just want to dispel some of the hype about her background.

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