The Cosby Show came on last night after another program and I was transformed back to my childhood. To my recollection, we thought this was just a great show – not a great show that happened to feature a black family, just a great show. I’m sure ethnicity was a topic of conversation, but to a young kid it really wasn’t that important.
Juxtapose this with the decision on Tuesday regarding President Obama’s pick to fill the soon to be vacant seat of David Souter to the Supreme Court. Sonia Sotomayor has been tapped to fill this position. One of the major reasons that were put out into the newsosphere (my word) of her pick is her ethnicity. Is that really that important? How about her great legal mind? How about her decisions? Maybe those things are not as important in today’s culture.
Maybe this is petty coming from a pasty white male, but personally I’m all for the best person for the job regardless of national heritage or color of skin. Isn’t that what we are really looking for with our leaders? Just checking. Honestly, I really didn’t expect President Obama to fill the seat with a Justice Roberts or Justice Thomas. I expected him to fill the seat with someone that shares his point of view from the liberal end of the spectrum. As one of the most liberal members of congress while he was in that office, that should be expected. The fact that he also has a near majority in the Senate really gives him the power to nominate anyone he wants. Besides, he’s replacing a liberal leaning member of the court, so believe it or not, I’m really not that worked up about the whole thing.
This is an interesting video to show some of her views on how the court should operate:
This is also an interesting quote from Judge Sotomayor:
“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”
We’ll see what happens, but in my book this pick is really a foregone conclusion.
Of course, that’s just my opinion.