As most everyone knows, Sonia Sotomayor is President Obama’s nomination to the US Supreme Court. And you’ve likely heard it reported that she once quipped, “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.”
I for one, have on more than one occasion said something I didn’t mean, tried and failed at being clever, funny, or eloquent, or attempted a poignant remark that ended up as anything but. As such, I was willing to give Sonia the benefit of the doubt and wait for her to explain what she actually meant to say or the circumstances surrounding the comment.
This week she had the chance to do so and based on the sound bite I heard of her response, I am satisfied with her explanation. (Basically, she was trying to make a witty comment, playing off another quote — and bombed.)
I am glad that she was allowed the opportunity to offer explanation and that the media reported it.
Still, I suspect that if a white male nominee had made a similar comment, our activist media — aided by “politically correct” politicians — would have tried and convicted him before he even arrived at the senate hearings — and then run a smear campaign to induce a wave of public dissent to ensure that he would never make it there to explain himself.
For all that we have done to become more diverse, inclusive, and accepting, we still have more to learn.