Letter sent to various publications.
On Right-Wing Response to Sonia Sotomayor’s Nomination to the Supreme Court Of The United States
To the Editor,
I am saddened by the racist and ignorant responses to Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Republican pundits such as Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and too many others have been spewing a non-stop river of venom and negativity, calling Judge Sotomayor a racist because she acknowledges that her individual experience and location has shaped who she is. One manifestation of racism is that some people (mostly white, heterosexual, owning class Christian men) see their own experience as universal and without personal bias. The rest of us, however, realize that individual experiences shape everyone’s perspective.