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  •  Actually, the quote is racist (3+ / 0-)
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    tiredntexas, mherms, BobH42

    I hate to be the devil's advocate and it would sure be nice to have a woman from my home borough on the Supreme Court but the quote:

    "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,"

    sounds kind of racist to me.  Just switch it around to

    "I would hope that a wise white man with the richness of his experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a latina woman who hasn't lived that life,"

    and see what I mean?

    I read the whole speech she gave for context and it doesn't really help.

    •  I agree... (0+ / 0-)

      I definitely appreciate having the context of the comments offered here though.  The comment certainly shows a certain amount of bigotry in that she's judging the experiences of Latina women to be superior and more informative about 'real life' than those of white men.  That's pretty obvious bigotry and it's certainly disturbing.

      That said, if we reword what she said replacing the word better with the word different then the point of the entire speech remains the same and is 100% valid.  Her entire point was that even for judges their life experiences can color their judgment and allow them to offer unique perspectives that others might be unable to offer.  That's a valid point and a solid argument for appointing judges with a wide variety of life experiences.  I just wish she'd done so without elevating her own life experiences above those of others.

      •  Exactly right (0+ / 0-)

        If you substitute "different" for "better" and the point is a variety of experiences on the Supreme Court is beneficial to all than I don't see how you can disagree.  We definitely need more women in positions of power - Courts, Congress, etc.

    •  Critique Our Own (1+ / 0-)
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      This was what I was trying to get at (see my post, "So Kill Me," above). I kinda disagree with you because I do think that the context does help. But can we on the left honestly critique our own? If we can do that, if we can apply the same critique to a Latina that we would apply to a white male, then we are light years ahead of Conservatives. We also then continue to pull down that artificial barrier between poor and working class folks of all races. Then Progressives win.  

      •  Re: Critique Our Own (0+ / 0-)

        The opposite of honestly critiquing your own would be the last eight years under Bush.  The Republicans got into power and pushed their own agenda without regards to merits, results, or any other legitimate critiques.  The Progressive movement would do well to avoid the same mistakes and be willing to admit mistakes no matter how large or small.

        And just to clarify my own comments above I don't believe that one bigoted comment should disqualify someone from public office regardless of their ethnic background.  The comment is disturbing but if that's the only time something like this has happened I'm more than willing to write it off.  I'd rather look at her entire record and her beliefs versus one isolated comment in an otherwise insightful speech from eight years ago.

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