Friday, May 29, 2009

Sotomayor's racist comments go from "common sense" to "poor choice"

The White House is backtracking on their Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor's racist comments. On Wednesday they said her comments made common sense:

Now, Sotomayor has been forced to acknowledge her words were a poor choice. According to AP:
The White House says Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor acknowledges she made a poor word choice in a 2001 speech in which she said that a Latina judge would often reach a better conclusion than a white male judge who hasn't lived the same life.

That's according to presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs. He says he has not talked directly to Sotomayor about it but has spoken to people who have.

Critics have singled out the 2001 comment by Sotomayor for criticism. She was describing how personal experiences can affect judging. She said a "wise Latina woman" with her experiences would more often than not reach a "better conclusion" than a white male.

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