Ahead of Senate Hearings, Racism Charges Fly
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2009 10:34 AM CDT
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor meets with members of the White House Counsel's office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex, June 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Sonia Sotomayor’s views on race have become a hot button topic. But it’s just Republican “race mongering,” writes Derrick Jackson of the Boston Globe. Remember, the GOP “has been the party of racial code words,” from Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” to Reagan’s “state’s rights” speech. Now Rush Limbaugh compares Sotomayor to a former Klan leader, Newt Gingrich calls her a racist, and the party’s leaders sit quietly, approvingly, on the sidelines.

It’s exactly that kind of argument that drives Jonah Goldberg of the Los Angeles Times crazy. Democrats are constantly urging us to have “a big, open-minded conversation” about race, he writes, “but the moment anyone disagrees with them, they shout ‘racist.’” Sotomayor obviously rejects official colorblindness. That doesn’t make her a “cartoonish villain,” but it is definitely something we should talk about. Otherwise, in the words of Eric Holder, we're "a nation of cowards."