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THE PLANK JUNE 8, 2009

Defining "race Obsessed" Down

Victor Davis Hanson believes Sonia Sotomayor is "race obsessed":

In her now much quoted 2001 UC Berkeley speech she invoked
“Latina/Latino” no less than 38 times, in addition to a variety of
other racial-identifying synonyms. When one reads the speech over, the
obsession with race become almost overwhelming, and I think the public
has legitimate worries (more than the Obama threshold of 5% of cases)
over whether a judge so cognizant of race could be race-blind in her
decision making.

I guess it never occurred to Hanson that Sotomayor might have invoked "Latina/Latino" so many times in her speech because she was giving said speech at a symposium titled "Raising the Bar: Latino and Latina Presence in the Judiciary and the Struggle for Representation." Just like, something tells me, Sam Alito probably made frequent mention of his ethnicity when he gave this speech

--Jason Zengerle

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