Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Justice Sotomayor: Affirmative Action 'Opened Doors In My Life'

WPRO News Talk -- (WASHINGTON) -- In a dissent to Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan’s voter-approved ban on affirmative action programs in its public colleges, Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks from experience about the complex impact of such programs on her own life.

Sotomayor’s 58-page dissent, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has one theme: Race matters.

Sotomayor notes that voters in Michigan could have used other means to eliminate the use of race-sensitive admissions policies.

“They could have persuaded existing board members to change their minds through individual or grassroots lobbying efforts, or through general public awareness campaigns,” she says. “Or they could have mobilized efforts to vote uncooperative board members out of office, replacing them with members who would share their desire to abolish race-sensitive admissions policies.”[…]

In her recent memoir, My Beloved World, Sotomayor writes about the impact of affirmative action in her life. She details her time at Princeton: “The Daily Princetonian routinely published letters to the editor lamenting the presence on campus of 'affirmative action students,' each one of whom had presumably displaced a far more deserving affluent white male and could rightly be expected to crash into the gutter built of her own unrealistic aspirations. There were vultures circling, ready to dive when we stumbled. The pressure to succeed was relentless, even if self-imposed out of fear and insecurity.”[...]

Sotomayor, 59, writes that “much has changed” in the thinking about affirmative action “since those early days when it opened doors in my life. But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try.”

Entire column...
Blog author’s comments – Is Justice Sotomayor proud of her success because of her skin color? She is a member of the SCOTUS because she is also a female and more importantly a far left liberal who just like the man who appointed her, does not firmly believe in the Constitution. I also think that because of the help of affirmative action, we have Barack Obama as the President of the United States. Those who are conservatives should hope that during Obama’s remaining time in office he is not able to appoint another justice to the high court. If that should happen the country will be in much deeper trouble than we already are.

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Anonymous said...

If Harry Reid is still the Senate Majority Leader after November 4th, more of her will be replacing SCOTUS retirees. The USA, that we knew prior to 1960,for sure will be fodder for historians.

Pete Zebich

Kirby said...

I don't know of any supreme court justice who is retiring. I do however believe that before Obama leaves office, justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is both old and ill could retire so Obama can replace her with another, young, far left liberal.

Here's hoping the GOP gets their act together soon and Boehner forgets about an amnesty bill before the midterm elections.