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Reverse racism, was Limbaugh right? The cases of Sotomayor, and Obama. US Politics are neither race, nor gender-blind!

7 Aug

When Rush Limbaugh, as inflexible and narrow-minded as he is, said that Sonia Stotomayor was guilty of reverse discrimination, he may not have been totally wrong. Based on some things that the newly elected Supreme Court justice said in the past, she may well have racial prefernces when passing judgements, and rendering decisions.

Recent events suggest that the majority of main United States minorities (Latinos and African-Americans,) prefer to be represented by “their own kind,” than are the US majority of Caucasians (whites.) This phenomena was demonstrated by the over 80% African-American vote for Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.

Oprah Winfrey never endorsed a Presidential candidate until Barak Obama decided to run. There were no doubts that would Obama were a white skinned candidate with the same qualification as the black Obama, with the same looks, the same charisma, and the same oratory skills, Oprah would not have endorsed him, and for that, and for other similar reasons, he would not have been elected President of the United States.

Sonia Stotomayor, The first Latino Supreme Court judge, a person with history of very liberal legal background, and with a clear racial bias as stated in her documented views, would have not likely been confirmed for the Supreme Court if she were not a Latino, and a Latino woman, to top that,

Obama’s selection of Stotomayor was politically a very wise move. Regardless of judicial qualification, the selection ensured strong Latino (the largest minority in the United States,) and women support.

The question is: Could one say that the United States is politically color/gender-blind? The answer is clearly: No!

When at least two key, and very significant  political positions in the United States, are filled by virtue of race and/or gender, one must question the impartiality of representative democracy as practiced in United States.