Sexist? Racist? Chill Out, GOP Pundits

Sotomayor's right; her gender and ethnicity do matter
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2009 11:21 AM CDT
Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's choice for the Supreme Court, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – The conservative chattering class needs to chill out about Sonia Sotomayor, writes Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post. Bloggers are frothing with rage over Sotomayor’s infamous comment that a Latina woman might make better decisions than a white man. “Could a white man get away with saying something comparable about a Latina? Of course not,” Parker writes. “After Latinas have run the world for 2,000 years, they won’t be able to say it ever again either.”

Sotomayor’s point was that a judge’s ethnicity and gender would affect her rulings. “Who doesn’t believe that?” asks Parker. In fact, she considers it a conservative position. “Radical-liberal types tend to fantasize that sex is not a difference that matters,” and everyone pretends the same about race. “Calling Sotomayor a sexist and racist…is an irrational rush to judgment, unbecoming ladies, gentlemen, scoundrels and scholars.”