Friday, June 19, 2009

Sotomayor: Not Only Racist But Sexist Too

Everyone by now is familiar with Judge Sotomayor's statements about how "a wise Latina woman" is more likely to be a better judge than a "white male." Just exchange 'Latina woman' with 'white male' and you begin to get the picture.

But now comes news that Sotomayor is a member of an exclusive women-only club. Imagine a Supreme Court nominee who was a member of a males only club. There would be hell to pay of course.

The American Bar Association's judicial code says that a judge's extrajudicial activities "must not be conducted in connection or affiliation with an organization that practices invidious discrimination." An organization is generally said to discriminate invidiously if it "arbitrarily excludes from membership on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation persons who would otherwise be eligible for admission." But don't worry folks, the fix is in and the nomination will sail right through.

Most who read this blog know that I sometimes exaggerate a bit to make a larger point, which in this case is: If you are a Dem, discrimination is not only allowed but encouraged; it just depends on whether it's the "right kind" of discrimination. Or what might be described as "socially acceptable" discrimination. Unfortunately, a few readers might be a little slow on the up-take and not get the nuances.

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