Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sotomayor and Thomas- will reason win the race?

The Malaysian Insider highlights the difference between the two judges Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Clarence Thomas. If Sotomayor wins the nomination she will be only second minority judge. This is where the similarity ends. Sotomayor reveled in her racial identity and used it to describe why she would be better then a white man in coming to a better decision. Thomas regretted mentioning his race on his Yale application and tried to escape the stigmatising effects of racial preference as he describes it in his autobiography.

Supreme Court is the ultimate yardstick of justice and how badly will it be damaged by Sotomayors blatant racism is yet to be seen. However it is a foregone conclusion that by the end of Obama's term the damage caused to America as a nation will take a long time to repair.