One topic that must come up in Sonia Sotomayer’s confirmation hearings regards her comment given in a lecture back in 2001:
“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.”
It’s okay to reserve judgment until her Congressional hearings, but this comment flies in the face of the views held by Justices Ginsburg and O’Conner and may indicate a tendency for reverse discrimination. The Democrats who are the majority in Congress must not go soft on questioning her but instead attempt to get inside her head and thinking because this statement may be indicative of an inability to rule fairly.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any video or audio of her lecture at Berkeley, but I did find a NY Times link for the transcript, the comment in question is toward the end of the lecture are on page 5. Here is the link: