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Hispanics and Latinos--Stuntz

This is a trivial comment, but I note that all the early reports on Sotomayor’s appointment refer to her as “Hispanic.” This puzzles me. Brazilians aren’t Hispanic—they speak Portuguese—and Spaniards are. Why should Spanish ancestry matter more than, say, Dutch or Swedish ancestry? (Full disclosure: I’m descended from Swedes. We’ve already had our Supreme Court Justice—Earl Warren, whom his political ally Tom Dewey once called “that big dumb Swede.”) And why should Brazilians count for less than, say, Argentines or Bolivians? This is the great advantage of the label Latino: it encompasses all whose ancestry is Central or South American, and it excludes Europeans. Why a politically correct culture continues to use the un-politically correct terminology is beyond me.



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Clearly you follow political "doings" so I'm puzzled that YOU are puzzled. It is the hallmark of the Democratic Party to tout "political correctness" when it suits them and to ignore it when it does not.
All of their high ideals are for the "other parties", not for them.

The quote below is from INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 4:20 PM PT

The National Journal's Stuart Taylor hit the nail on the head over the weekend in an article asking what the reaction would have been had then-Judge Samuel Alito been found to have said the reverse of Sotomayor's claim of Latina judgmental superiority: "I would hope that a white male with the richness of his traditional American values would reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn't lived that life."

Obviously, he would have been condemned as a white supremacist.

Yet speaking at Berkeley's Law School in 2001, Sotomayor asserted that "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would \[as judge\] more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

How's that for the high ideals of equality shouted out so fiercely by our Democratic Leaders? YIKES! Kinda reminds me of some quotes from Michelle Obama we heard early on in President Obama's candidacy.

Someone, please explain to me why racism labels only apply to "white folks" and why the Democrats are free from the standards of racial equality they press on others?