‘Wise’ Quote Not So Wise
While I think Sonia Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” line falls well short of racism and is even inarguably true given the right context (i.e., that personal experience colors one’s filtering of information) it’s still amusing to see it used against her in a clever fashion.
Scott Ott weighs in with a satire piece entitled, “Sotomayor: Wise Latina Would Not Have Picked Me”
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor said today that “if President Obama were a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, he would have picked a less controversial court nominee.”
Judge Sotomayor said she doesn’t blame the president for his unwise choice, “after all, as a black male, he can’t be expected to demonstrate much more wisdom than he has so far. He’s certainly sharper than a white male, but the fact remains that he’s male, and has no discernible Latino heritage.”
Meanwhile, Ann Althouse quips, “I WOULD HOPE THAT A WISE WOMAN would not keep recycling the same speech year after year.“ The link goes to a CQ report that, contrary to the administration’s spin that the line was an unfortunate one-off, it was actually a standard part of her speeches over the years.