I think that we are seeing an insidious form of white supremacy in the confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor.
This is not an accusation. It is an observation.
At the heart of the issue is the assumption that only white men have the capacity and ability to be impartial, that only white men have a history of not allowing their biases and prejudices to affect the decisions they make in court or, for that matter, the stories they write or produce for television and radio.
It is obvious that Judge Sotomayor’s comment that a “wise Latina” might make better decisions than white men has galled the good senators, and many journalists as well. There is an air of incredulity that she would have the audacity to say such a thing, and a genuine distrust of her, a fear that she will be unable to make sound judicial decisions because she will allow her background to sway her.