Insidious Supremacy

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.

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Comments

  1. Checkmate! You hit the proverbial nail on the head with this one. And, white privilege allows them to make these crazy accusations and be supported by other crazies.

  2. I think Sonia took a big dump on Sandra Day O’Connor’s statement, twisting her comment, as if she had no original thoughts of her own.
    Then when called on it by the Senate, trying to truly surmise her impartiality, you imply they are possibly racist?

    In other words, your neighbors cat takes a crap your yard.
    Your dog chases the cat, stepping in the crap, tracking the crap to the very door step of the cat’s house.
    And now your neighbor is mad at you, questioning your dog’s judgment?

    • cassady2euca says:

      Yes, I do think they’re racist. Racism is one of the foundations on which this country has been built. We cannot deny it. In fact, if we would stop being defensive about it and own up to it, some of it might dissipate. I don’t think we can help it when it’s been ingrained into us, no matter who we are or what color we are. It is a sad reality in my opinion.

      • Carol Johnson says:

        Real it is! I think that many of us do not want to help it. I am not saying ask for anything but I’m echoing stop playing less than victim. See below a part of the Declaration of Independence -that shows they did not then, do not now or ever think that they will relegate power to anyone but themselves…

        That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

        Prudence, indeed- LOL! Justice was not meant for us! Justice often means – just them. We need to throw off yet another tactless attempt to relegate us to the bottom. The Sad part is not enough of us even read the constitution or bill of rights to realize we need to change those “truths to be self-evident” evident to a few white men to include what is evident to all. Just my opinion

      • The exercise on the hill is for some to tear apart and down. The other side to rehabilitate and lift up.
        If she survives it all, we will be the beneficiary.
        If she fails and comes unglued and looses it, then she does not have the temperament to be a judge.
        Her rejection for that position, we will still be the beneficiary.
        If she can be a balanced and unbiased judge the richness of her past is good.
        Anything less than that we loose.
        She is receiving just criticisms for her statements, and herself admitted she should have used different words.
        Racism slices both ways.

  3. Only impartial white males can make good decisions like Plessy V Ferguson, the Dred Scott Decision and givng George W. Bush an election he could not win. A Latina might have swayed the court with her emotionalism.

  4. Kristina Thorpe says:

    I would take it even further. Lindsey Graham, whom the NYT characterized as one of her possible GOP votes, made me nauseous. In my humble opinion, he is the epitome of patronizing, insipid, southern white male chauvanism. And I like southerners, whites, and men. But between him and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, we are supposed to understand, is the paradigm for life as an American citizen. I am glad to have someone who understands the richness of the life she has lived, has used it to excel in all matters, and succeeded. Of course white men bring their own prejudices to the court. Who doesn’t? Shame on us, as a country, the MSM, talking heads, for not acknowledging that obvious fact.

  5. msduder says:

    Ignorance, apathy, & racisim on the part of “American citizens” has always been the ingrediants that are used to make up the government of the United States. The so called elected politicians that make up the various levels of US governments are egotists, manilpulators selected by big money interests that are generally better educated than the people that make up the majority of the the voters. White politicians in particular are emboldened by knowing that most voters are ignorant of real issues and apathetic to anything that they do not believe will help them think that they remain on top . These voters respond to “hot button” issues only. Manipulted issues that cause fear and devisivness. Americans must remember that our form of government was designed to “prevent” the masses (spelled non-white) from ever directly controlling anything. It was designed to allow the masses only to think that they were actually selecting representatives to do the will of the masses. Politicians are backed and beholden to the real power, big money. Big money can’t afford to allow the masses to see through the smoke and mirrors and start selecting and controlling the puppet head politicians that do big money’s dirty work.
    Who really doesn’t want this lady on the court? The few thousand big money people who are really pulling the strings.

  6. ozzie smith says:

    Yep! The sons of the “framers” are at it again! Their questions do much more than peep motives, they scream them. They dare imply that they are not partisan and ethnically biased–it’s laughable but not funny at all! This charade of “mad about everything Obama” hearings is just more of what we already knew. As a white man once said to me when I commented on the ethnic majority of those questioning Clarence Thomas, “Well, somebody has to be in charge.” Not that I was defending Thomas, just looking at the unlevel playing field of partisan and racially biased questioners. They just don’t get it because they’ve never had to!

    Ozzie

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