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Justice Sotomayor

Posted by AB on August 8, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor, left, President Obama's choice to replace retiring ...

All of the talk, and all of the debate is over.  The time for work is now.  Judge Sonia Sotomayor is now United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  Today, she was sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 111th Justice of the US Supreme Court. 

Justice Sotomayor is only the third female Justice, the third minority Justice, and the first Hispanic Justice in the history of the United States of America.  Think about that for a moment.  In the matter of less than a year, we have elected a President who is the son of a Kenyan father and a white, American mother, and that President has successfully nominated a female Supreme Court Justice who was raised in a Bronx housing project by a Puerto Rican, immigrant mother.  It is easy to see that discrimination based on gender or race is alive and well, but don’t be mistaken; those voices of hate are loud, but they are few. 

We are a great country, but the inclusion and equality of all will allow us to become even greater.  So, for all of those who have led the way, and those who continue to lead, thank you.  As we continue to grow as a nation, we remember all who fought for this great day, and for those who fight for even greater days.  “Yes, we can.”

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2 Responses to “Justice Sotomayor”

  1. Kurt said

    Great post. I agree with everything you wrote, except “but they are few”. History tells us, unfortunately, that when a society experiences rapid social progress, push-back increases proportionately.

  2. tarheelpirate said

    You make a great point about the history of change; it wiil be difficult. Those haters are really coming out of the woodwork. I wish that I could say that you’re wrong, but I must equivocate from that statement. There are more out there than I thought, but it’s that they’re emerging from the shadows.

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