We should not sit quietly while leaders of our choosing, who would represent the concerns and issues that impact our communities are publicly attacked.
There 0ver 80,000 friends of NorthStarNews on Black Planet. This may one of those times when each and every one of us needs to be heard. Please leave a comment in support of our sister Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said "In the end we remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
MOVE MY PEOPLE
The extreme right wing of the party of "NO," with no real ideas and no idea what to make of this confident, strong Black man who is now the president of the United States of America, has taken to calling people racist. Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the president's pick as the next Supreme Court Justice is under attack for a line taken out of context, that is part of a speech she made in 2001 at UC Berkely titled "A Latina Judge's Voice."
Rather than just repeat the line, we'll give you the entire paragraph so you can know the context in which the controversial line delivered.
Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural difference, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Justice O'Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am not so sure justice O'Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes that line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor Martha Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, 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.
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With 655 of you weighing in, 86% of you belive that the confederate flag is a symbol of racism, while 16 percent of you do not. I think the results say a lot about the cultural perspective that Black Americans bring to this and other issues.
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Check out this story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. So, what's up with the children of Dr. King and their public beef? It's one thing to disagree but their family squabble is out of control. This is some sad stuff to watch. After all Dr. King and Coretta went through, the kids are wildin' out. Who would have thought? Seems like somebody ought to be able to get it together. I do wonder how much Steven Spielberg got for the film rights to Dr. King's life.
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