Those who fought for civil rights were very familiar with the words: Blacks need not apply. There is a new slogan now even in the courts, which are supposed to be impartial among all citizens: Whites need not apply.
It is not always so boldly stated, but it is being done. In examining the statements and actions of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a pattern is emerging. In 2001, in a speech, she commented as to sex and ethnicity of a judge, saying it “may and will make a difference in our judging”. And…..”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”.
These remarks have been made public. Some have said the remarks are racist. Surely, if a white male were to offer those remarks, especially one being considered for the Supreme Court, there would have been outrage. There is more than just some remarks, however.
In the case of Ricci vs. De Stefani, 19 white firemen were denied promotion because no blacks scored high enough to be promoted. Therefore, the test was discarded, along with the dreams of the white firemen who had passed. When people take tests for employment there is a contract of sorts. Rules are made; rules are supposed to be regarded. These white firemen did their homework, most studied hard, and all expected to be treated fairly according to the rules laid down. Instead, they became the race that was ignored. It was strictly racial and quota driven.
One of the firefighters, Frank Ricci, went to extensive means to succeed at that test. He is dyslexic. He spent many hours reading books by audio tapes. He invested about $1,000 for materials of instruction, and gave up a second job to concentrate on his possible promotion. His dedication paid off, finishing sixth in a field of seventy-seven of the applicants. But, he couldn’t change the color of his skin and was denied promotion. Judge Sotomayor ruled against Frank Ricci, along with the other white successful applicants who passed the test.
The White bias was illustrated by remarks made at the time the stimulus package was being discussed. Robert Reich was high up in the Democrat political structure, having served as Labor Secretary under President Clinton. To a top level committee of congressional Democrats he stated:
“I am concerned, as I’m sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high skilled people who are already professional or to white male construction workers. I have nothing against white male construction workers. I’m just saying that there are a lot of other people who have needs as well.
And, therefore, in my remarks, I have suggested to you, and I’m certainly happy to talk about it more, ways in which the money can be--criteria can be set so that the money does go to others.”
Reich was suggesting that white construction workers not be hired, and he offers to help set up criteria so that money goes to others, to the exclusion of white males. After just suggesting that white male construction workers be banned from getting stimulus money, Reich still says he has nothing against white male construction workers.
The president stressed the background of Judge Sotomayor, outlining her poor background. However, she went to Catholic schools, which have to pay tuition. A Catholic education can be expensive Who paid for hers? She also went to Princeton and Yale, top schools, and also very expensive schools. Who paid her way? If she was as poor as the president said, it seems reasonable to assume that she was given favorable treatment, based on affirmative action. Those firemen were not wealthy or powerful. They were just working class. Has Judge Sotomayor told the white firemen: “I got mine, forget about yours.”?
The Democrats, as usual, are now singing the “let’s just get along” song. They want Republicans to be bi-partisan. That they can even mention bi-partisanship after the shabby, yes brutal, treatment given to Republican court nominees, is a testament to the power of the MSN lackeys who ignore Democrats’ bad behavior. Democrats usually vote together, in lockstep.
Miguel Estrada was obstructed from becoming a successful nominee for Supreme Court justice. His name was Hispanic, but his politics were not. So it was not just about getting an Hispanic onto the court. Bork was disgustingly treated, and has that treatment named after him, as in he was “Borked”. Clarence Thomas was called an “Uncle Tom”, meaning he was a traitor to his race. Thomas, although black and having probably come from poorer conditions that Sonia Sotomayor, was treated so shamelessly by the Democrats that he claimed that he had endured a “high-tech lynching”.
When Sotomayor’s remarks surfaced about the claim that she had a superior understanding, as a Latina, than a white man, there was a stir. It was enough that President Obama spoke out on her behalf, saying: “I am sure she would have restated it”. Yeah, now. One remark she tried to take back is her statement that the “Court of Appeals is where policy is made.” It was a candid confession, but one she tried to mitigate by saying she knew her remarks were on tape and she did not mean it.
Several of her statements are out there, floating around. She has also said that “the right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right”. The second amendment doesn’t get much more fundamental than the stated right to own a gun. No need to ponder as to which way she would vote if elevated to the Supreme Court.
Was this nomination a payback to Hispanics? Several Hispanic groups agitate and lobby constantly for amnesty. They want no borders, no arrests of illegal aliens, and full American citizenship. One such group is La Raza (The Race). Judge Sotomayor belongs to La Raza.
The push is on right now to try to get amnesty.. The American people have defeated the amnesty measures more than once. The Democrats want it to swell their voter ranks. Republicans, led by the Chamber of Commerce, want cheap labor. If there is no firm and loud resistance against amnesty, it will be put into law. Estimates as to how many are already in the country range from twelve to thirty millions. No one knows for sure because the government has never allowed any of its myriad of bureaus to keep track.
With fifteen millions out of work, this should not be the time to add more foreign workers. Blacks particularly are hurting in the job market, with estimates as high as fifteen percent out of work. They do not need the burden of having to compete with illegal aliens. When government favors one group it often does so at the expense of another group.
Democrats control the House, the Senate, and the Executive, in effect. They want the Judiciary. They are pro-active and bold. Going for the jugular, Democrats have almost taken over the government. Republicans are saying to use caution because of the race and gender of the nominee.
Barbara regularly writes for CapitolHillCoffeeHouse. She also appears in California Chronicle, Border Patrol, and Citizens Caucus. Her primary interest is illegal immigration, but she writes about other subjects as well.
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