No more apolo­gies from So­tomayor

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

With Barack Obama, many Amer­i­cans had hoped to get a pos­tra­cial pres­i­dent. With Mr. Obama’s pick of Judge So­nia So­tomayor to re­place David H. Souter on the Supreme Court, it looks less and less like they got one.

Pres­i­dent Obama — a man we still hardly know — clearly sub­scribes to the no­tion that we should judge each other not just on the con­tent of our char­ac­ter, but also by the color of our skin.

We’ve had warn­ing signs be­fore. Re­mem­ber the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.?

As for the out­rage du jour, the call for So­tomayor to apol­o­gize for mak­ing a racist com­ment in a 2001 speech is silly. She said what she meant, and she meant what she said: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the rich­ness of her ex­pe­ri­ences would more of­ten than not reach a bet­ter con­clu­sion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

No white nom­i­nee could get away with that state­ment’s corol­lary in which a wise white man comes to bet­ter con­clu­sions that a Latina. Nor should he.

A non-apol­ogy apol­ogy — which seems to be all the price she is go­ing to pay — is point­less.

The White House sim­ply says Judge So­tomayor used “poor” word choice. But that ex­cuse ap­plies to any num­ber of pub­lic fig­ures who have had their ca­reers de­railed for sim­i­lar lan­guage blun­ders. This dou­ble stan­dard needs to go on pub­lic trial.

In to­day’s left-of-cen­ter cul­ture, the “white male” — “the vic­tim,” as it were — un­der­stands that what Judge So­tomayor said is the ac­cepted lib- eral way of think­ing. Iden­tity pol­i­tics (also known as po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and cul­tural Marx­ism) is the foun­da­tion of the po­lit­i­cal left. It is the first, mid­dle and last les­son taught to­day in Academia. It is the main­stream me­dia’s rule­book.

It is why So­tomayor and Obama are praise­wor­thy, and why Clarence Thomas, Con­doleezza Rice, Al­berto Gon­za­lez and Miguel Estrada are un­ac­cept­able mem­bers of their re­spec­tive tribes. It is the oner­ous dou­ble stan­dard that en­sures that the left wins ev­ery ar­gu­ment over race. And that is far too use­ful a weapon for the pres­i­dent and his Demo­cratic Party to give up.

And ap­par­ently the Repub­li­can Party doesn’t want to wrest that weapon away any time soon. When Rush Lim­baugh and Newt Gin­grich called Judge So­tomayor out, Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Michael S. Steele, a man who has been blud­geoned by the left for the sin of be­ing a black Repub­li­can, warned against “slammin’ and ram­min’ “ the nom­i­nee.

The man who over­sees the sen­a­to­rial fate of Repub­li­cans, Sen. John Cornyn, also ac­cepts Mr. Steele’s ap­pease-the-left strat­egy.

“This is not the kind of tone that any of us wants to set when it comes to per­form­ing our con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of ad­vise and con­sent,” Mr. Cornyn told Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio. I’m sure NPR’s no­to­ri­ously lib­eral au­di­ence is sway­ing right over to the new and de­fanged GOP.

Judge So­tomayor made the of­fend­ing com­ment — yet now she is the vic­tim. It’s amaz­ing how ef­fec­tive po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness can be.

The me­dia’s role in killing the racism meme was done through sleight of hand. In­stead of call­ing the com­ment “con­tro­ver­sial on its face,” the me­dia min­i­mized the of­fense by as­sert­ing that it came from a po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated camp. As in: “Repub­li­cans Up­set over Nom­i­nee’s Past Com­ments.” That made the con­tro­versy a non­con­tro­versy, some­thing that dreaded Repub­li­cans merely tried to gin up.

So now what? The ag­grieved Cau­casian male ob­vi­ously does not need his self-es­teem re­paired. A non­apol­ogy apol­ogy from Judge So­tomayor — “I’m sorry if I of­fended any­one” — sim­ply al­lows the Democrats to change the sub­ject. In­stead, the price for Judge So­tomayor’s sin should be that Amer­i­cans fi­nally get their long-awaited na­tional dis­cus­sion on race — in the form of a con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing that puts this cul­tur­ally and po­lit­i­cally ac­cept­able “re­verse racism” on trial.


White racists bad, brown racists good: So­nia So­tomayor

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