Last night on The Daily Show Jon Stewart predictably mocked all the talking heads on television who are frothing at the mouth at Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's Latina status.
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Sotomayor's talked about how her experiences will contribute to her decisions, informing them in the way that all of our experiences, as the sum total of who we are, inform our actions.
In one instance, a pundit posits a ridiculous example to illustrate the danger of having a Latina on the Supreme Court. What if, he says, an Asian-American employee sues his Latina employer, and Sotomayor presides over the case and rules for the Latina? He seems not to consider that she might do that based on the facts of the case alone! So what's his point, that no people of color should be on the court ever because they'll only rule for "their own kind"?
Seriously. Let's shift the question and address the elephant in the room. What about the predominantly white Supreme Court? How does being white affect how they make decisions? What exactly does whiteness connote, if not the standard which all other people must measure up or answer to?