Thursday, May 28, 2009

Good quote from Sonia Sotomayor

However, to understand takes time and effort, something that not all people are willing to give. For others, their experiences limit their ability to understand the experiences of others. Other simply do not care.
This is from a speech Sotomayor gave in 2002, one which is giving her a bit of grief, as a quote from it is taken out of context.
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.
Within context it is still a bit overstated, although the meaning is clear; there is some value to having minorities and women serving on the bench; they bring something that their white male counterparts don't have. You might disagree with that, particularly if you believe that the law is always clear and easy to interpret.

At any rate, I advise reading the speech as a whole.

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