Saturday 30 May 2009 - Filed under Politics
There is a lot of attention being given to this quote by Sonia Sotomayor:
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.
Do you think this is a racist quote? What is your definition of racist?
As usual, there is what she said and then 9 million interpretations of what she said. If you take her literally at her word, you’d take the meaning to mean “a Latina women has better judgment than a white male”. If you take the most unflattering and literal opinion, I do think you could call that a racist statement and I do think we would call a white male who said the opposite a racist.
But I think such an interpretation is wrong and out of context. She is talking about people who struggle as minorities compared to people in the majority who don’t face challenges related to racism or what I could call “economic racism” — considering certain people to be worthy of lower positions in the social hierarchy. I think people who have struggled economically and people who have faced the adversity of racism may very well have better judgment than someone lucky enough to have not faced those challenges.
Do I think she is a racist? Of course not.
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