Saturday, May 30, 2009

Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor: Identity Poltics at Play

Cartoon by Lisa Benson as found on on 5/29/09

Froma Harrop writes in this morning's Columbus Dispatch, Saturday, May 30, 2009 page A8, "Dispense with identity politics, please," the following regarding the alleged president's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Identity politics is not good for the country or for the groups they purport to advance . . .

“But turning such appointments into political payback for an ethnic group or gender makes an unseemly spectacle. It undermines real achievements and infantilizes the candidate . . .

“And so identity politics can be misinformed as well as patronizing . . . its treating of high achievement in only some groups with awe is offensive. Let’s examine Sotomayor’s record with a straight gaze, and leave identity politics at home. Won’t happen, but lets try.”

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