July 14, 2009

My view on Sotomayor's remark about "wise latina"

"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"

As a member of minority, I understand completely what Judge Sotomayor meant. In this country, political correctness can only help, but not guarantee that everyone can live under equal right. In a lot of situations, mainstream has unspoken power to secure majorities social position. No matter you like it or not, white people certainly have much more privilege than colored people regarding to social success. So, Judge Sotomayor did speak out truth and what she said should be understood under certain context as an inspirational remark and encouragement for colored people.
Of course, what she said would cause trouble if the sentence were reversed into what senator Lindsay Graham suggested today. And the reason is simple, because white people is already in advantageous social position thus they do not need to be inspired by such kind of remark.

Please don't get me wrong, as an immigrant I do recognize lots of good things about this country, such as relatively advanced law system and social structure, but that doesn't mean this is a perfect society and that doesn't mean "race" no longer an issue (under political correctness slogan).

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