Thursday, August 6, 2009

Confirmed: That's Justice Sotomayor to You

From now on call her Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The U.S. Senate confirmed her to the Supreme Court of the United States today with a 68-31 vote. Sotomayor, 55, is the first person of Hispanic heritage, the third woman to join the high court, and the 111th justice.
She will be sworn in at the Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday.

President Obama, who selected Sotomayor on May 26, said he was "deeply gratified" by the Senate vote.

"This is a wonderful day for Judge Sotomayor and her family, but I also think it's a wonderful day for America," Obama said at the White House. (CNN)
Her journey to the SCOTUS has been a bumpy ride, with challenges from anti-abortion groups to other opponents calling her a racist, an accusation also lobbed against Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to be confirmed to the SCOTUS.

BlogHer CE Kim Pearson described Sotomayor's confirmation hearings as "political theater at its finest." While The Latino Politics Blog asked earlier this month, "Will Latinos remember how Judge Sotomayor was treated?"

The blogosphere's ringing with well wishes to the new justice. Maegan La Mamita Mala at Vivir Latino gives unqualified congratulations: "Felicidades to fellow Nuyorican mujer Sonia Sotomayor who was confirmed today by the U.S. Senate as the 111th justice of the Supreme Court."

Jill in Gender at Feministe writes that Sotomayor would not have been her first choice, but concedes her rise to the SCOTUS is welcomed. Jean Nedeau reporting for Women's Rights at offers congratulations and shares the breakdown of votes from the New York Times. Echoing the accurate characterization of today's confirmation, journalist Taylor Marsh writes, "History made."

This post is cross-posted and expanded at


underOvr (aka The U) said...

Good evening Nordette,

First, I want to stand with you in congratulating the first Hispanic judge to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor (nominated by the first African American President).

Secondly, I want to congratulate you on your membership to The AfroSpear. Since the very first post I read (on WSATA), I found your writing informating, inspiring and entertaining. Keep up the great writing!


le0pard13 said...

I'm happy to see her confirmation go through. Honestly, the amount of theater and invective thrown about her confirmation (from the GOP) did nothing for them except satisfy their most partisan, extreme base. We see plenty of anti-latino politics here in California, unfortunately, and it comes mostly from one direction. I hope we have a long memory regarding this, but as voting group that tends toward conservatism on many issues, I'm afraid the group sometimes falls for wedge issues. I hope that changes in the future. Thanks for the post, Nordette.

tupac said...

Latin Americans are bitter due to how they’ve been treated by whites and as a result they’ve been known like blacks to lash out. Etched in both the minds of blacks and Latins is Ceaser Chavez’s giving migrant workers rights, slavery, the Watts riots, the KKK, segregation and the days of having little or no political representation in office.The latin americans are coming to this country because Latin america is poor. They come for a better way of life but they are breaking the law by coming illegally. Sonya sota Mayor is bitter about history or she wouldn’t have made that reverse racist remark about her as a Latina could do a much better job than a white man. She is immature in my eyes.By the way authentic hispanics are White and from Spain for people that think all hispanics are brown complected. Latin americans are meseginated groups look up Mestizo and mulatto to see what I mean.

Vérité Parlant said...

Thank you, U and LeO, for your comments.

Bill-O'Reilly-Tupac. I sense you have a problem with Latinos.

tupac said...

I think sonya soto mayor shouldn’t have been nominated because she has a mind that favors one group over the other. They are giving her a job that requires a vast level of maturity.Well, how mature was it to say that as a latina she could do a much better job than a white man. As a white Spanish American male I was offended by her comment. Latin americans(mestizos and Mulattos) just rezent how they’ve been treated by whites due to there brown coloring. This country was run by white males for so long and they cant stand it. There was a time in fact every body from police,to politicians were all white till now. Yes, I have a problem with latinos if they are not going to coexist with others which includes white men.
I just see them hitch with country girls(irish,Englis,Germans) though because thats what you mostly find out west. From the Apalachians to California.
And Please dont compare me to Bill O'reilly that irish potatoe eater.

Vérité Parlant said...


1.) You're wrong about Sotomayor.

2.) I didn't compare you to Bill O'Reilly. I simply used the first part of your own URL. The blog that links with your profile is "Isaiah" with the URL You chose your URL, not me.

tupac said...

Yes, Verite I forgot that I stupidly mentioned the Bill O'reilly in my URL.
But its to bad you cant defend Sonya Soto Mayor or latin Americans. From a White Spanish American cracker like me or can you?
Are you by the way a Hillbilly(irish,german,English), Latin American, black
Italian,or Jewish?

Vérité Parlant said...

Bill-O'Reilley-Tupac, please do not confuse the choice not to engage you with an inability to debate, defend, or make point.

If you wish to debate someone on your ideology, I suggest the Field Negro blog His forum is not actively moderated and there's always somebody there who will bother to address whatever.

Thank you for visiting Whose Shoes Are These Anyway.


Vérité Parlant said...

Bill-O'Reilley-Tupac person, just so you won't keep wasting your time with this blog, I will let know that this blog is not broken.

I am getting over and over again your same comment regarding your fixation with and opposition to people of color. I have chosen not to publish your comments and instead have moved them to a special file for potential reference, articles of spam, harassment, etc.

You have a blog of your own at which you have no posts. That is the vehicle you've chosen for your brand of Freedom of Speech. I recommend that you post your issues with people of color over there. I won't post your attacks here anymore than I'd welcome you into my living room to give such a speech to my family.

I refuse to give vast amounts of energy to veiled hate speech or blatant hate speech, which I have taken the time to examine or define in the past. Furthermore, I have limited moments of my life, and therefore just say "No" to butting my head against brick walls.

Thank you for your visit. I'm giving you a clue so you will spend your time elsewhere and not waste time with people who refuse to engage you. May you live a long life. Good-bye.